A few brave students volunteered in the crowded cafeteria to stand up and say what they were thankful for during a special Thanksgiving event at Fordson High School on Wednesday, Nov. 17.
Some were thankful for their family, others for the support of the school and its staff, and at least one, for his father helping their family flee the war in their homeland.
The comments were a stark reminder why those particular students were gathered for a special Thanksgiving feast.
For the past few years, Fordson High has hosted a Thanksgiving meal for newcomer students, said Principal Heyam Alcodray.
The school invites students who are generally still in their first or second year after immigrating to the country. This year, about 300 teens gathered first for a social studies lesson about American Thanksgiving. After that, they enjoyed what for many is a new tradition – a Thanksgiving meal complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sides, and of course, pumpkin pie.
The food was generously provided by the Amity Foundation.