Every year, our physical education teachers organize Chatsworth's Turkey Shoot for our third, fourth and fifth grade students. This is a tradition that all children look forward to participating in when they become third graders. Our teachers also get very excited to take part in this event, which does become a bit competitive! Every year, I'm struck by how supportive the crowds are for their peers, as the finalists stand tall, take deep breaths, and try their best in front of the entire grade level. Cheering on friends with words of encouragement fill the gymnasium, as the basketball launches into the air, and attempts to swish, or rebound of the rim. The children are brave, resilient, and always feel successful, even when they don't necessarily "win" the shoot.
This annual event is in conjunction with our Turkey Food Drive. All students bring either canned goods, cereal, or dry milk to contribute to the Mamaroneck Food Pantry. This is always a community effort that Mr. Romano and Ms. Glickman describe as "overflowing bags of love" that are donated to help others. As Hellen Keller says..."Alone we can do so little, together we can so much."
As you prepare for your own annual Thanksgiving, let's all be thankful for the many gifts that we endure each and every day within the school walls, and in our community.
Today, I am thankful for my Chatsworth Family.