Thankfulness and Gratitude
We have compiled some of the best Promising Practices and Lesson Plans to help students express their thankfulness and gratitude. Take a look and see which ones you can use.

Thanking FRED, Bowles Elementary School
Staff members take the time to thank others for a kindness performed by another staff member or community member using a “FRED” form.



DECA Needy Family Food Drive, Belleville East High School District #201
The Belleville East DECA Needy Family Food Drive encompasses the entire Belleville East High School campus through the collection of canned goods which are assembled into Thanksgiving baskets and delivered to economic struggling families in the area.

Neighbors in Need Food Drive, Forest Avenue School
Forest Avenue School’s “Neighbors in Need” food drive, benefiting a local church, enabled students to stock, shop and personally bag over 75 family-sized Thanksgiving meals in a school-wide market-style pantry.


A Collective Expression of Gratitude, Seckman Middle School
The 540 students in Seckman Middle School express their gratitude and respect for veterans, current military personnel, and heroes of our community with a human flag display and student-led video production.


Thanksgiving Two-School Celebration, Endeavour Elementary Magnet School of Technology
Endeavour Elementary Kindergarten “Indians” invite Sculptor Charter Kindergarten “Pilgrims” to a Thanksgiving Celebration.


The Turkey Dinner Dance, Lafayette High School
The Turkey Dinner Dance is hosted by Lafayette students for senior citizens of the community to provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere in which to partake in a nice Thanksgiving meal and dance.


Senior Tea, Stephen J. Gerace Elementary School
The Senior Tea is an annual event in which our school invites the senior citizens from Hearle Village, our neighboring retirement community, for an afternoon of thanks, tea, and student performances.


Caring for Our School’s Family, Renfro Elementary School
As a family, students write a caring letter or thank you note to a selected support staff person. The note or letter will be displayed in the school.

Grade Level: Mixed grades

Celebration of Character Family Picnic, Oakhurst Elementary School
Each student will serve his or her parent lunch, using the pre-determined language appropriate for a server, as a thank you for all their support for the school year.

Grade Level: K-5