WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Thanksgiving is more than delicious food on the table. It’s about the people surrounding that table. Take the time to appreciate all  you have received this year, and the ability to spend time with family and friends. Thankfulness, gratitude and  family are Thanksgiving values that present the perfect opportunity for parents to model this behavior to  their children.   

As important, is the spirit of  cooperation Thanksgiving celebrates. Tell your children that the Pilgrims were welcomed to this land by the native Indians. The two cultures could not have been more different, yet they forged a way to find common ground.  In  today’s world, what better way to empower our children to  find similarities not differences among people. 

“Regardless of  your kids' ages, one of the most important things you can do as a parent is to consistently demonstrate gratitude and service for them not only on Thanksgiving but every day of the year. With an open attitude backed up by  positive action, show your kids the benefits and joy of having a thankful heart, and provide numerous opportunities for them to express gratitude,” says Ashley Slater from Focus on Family. 

Here at Orchard School for Learning, our children will prepare arts and crafts for our Thanksgiving feast. All donations will be gratefully welcomed.