At 1 p.m. on Friday, November 22, Canterbury School turned into a celebration of all things Thanksgiving. The echoes of Kindergarteners all the way up through Grade 12 students laughing and singing were heard in the hallways of the Lower School and Middle School. It was Canterbury's annual Thanksgiving Feast, and the place was abuzz with spirit and joy.
Classrooms were divided into "families," each named after a Pilgrim or Native American family. Each classroom had an array of students from grades K-12, who started off with some fun activities to get to know one another. While the excitement was obvious, there was also some time for reflection, as each student was given a paper leaf to write on, naming something they were thankful for. The leaves were all put on the Canterbury Gratitude Tree for all to see.
One of the most exciting parts of Feast Day is each family's role call. The families worked hard on preparing a poem or song that would be performed in front of the entire school, and they also selected one student to give their best gobble for all to hear.
At around 2 p.m., everyone came together in the auditorium to listen to the choir, perform their family role calls, give their best gobbles, and sing the Canterbury school song. Then, everyone went back to their classrooms for pumpkin pie.
Thanksgiving Feast is a Canterbury tradition that students remember long after they've left the school. The interactions between the younger students and the older students is a memorable experience for all. No doubt about it, we are so thankful for our amazing school, students, and staff. Happy Thanksgiving to all!