Thanksgiving Introduced to HSJA Students

Thanksgiving Introduced to HSJA Students
Posted on 11/18/2018
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In a rare opportunity, HSJA English Language Development Instructor Mrs. Briner was able to arrange for a full Thanksgiving experience for 7th-8th grade students, after learning that many of them had never tasted items included in a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Eight students in Mrs. Briner’s class spend almost two hours each afternoon working on language skills and lessons to encourage a deeper understanding of United States culture. Earlier in November, she began introducing the concept of Thanksgiving and describing the history and traditions of the holiday. Many students had never enjoyed a meal of turkey, dressing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and other staples of a traditional Thanksgiving. With help from District ESOL Coordinator Mrs. Melissa Bratton and District Testing Coordinator Ms. Melissa Edwards, they arranged for a donation of a full feast from gracious partners at Cracker Barrel at Shackleford Crossing (in Little Rock). Debra Baxley Rickard (Cracker Barrel) took care of all details, and Brooke and Megan (Ms. Edwards’ daughters) picked up all items made fresh in Little Rock, and delivered to HSJA on Friday afternoon.

To create the full Thanksgiving experience for students, Mrs. Briner tied the end of lessons with a gesture of thanks. Students were asked to express to a teacher why they are thankful for them. Mrs. Ridgley, Mrs. Williams, and Mrs. Mitchell were among those sought out by students.

Thank you to Mrs. Briner, Mrs. Bratton and Ms. Edwards for creating such a memorable Thanksgiving for students, that will hopefully inspire in them a lifetime of giving thanks with family and friends during this special holiday.

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