Lufkin Students Give Thanks

by Kirby Gibbs

Lufkin, TX (KTRE) -  If you are one of the many people who's feeling down because of dwindling finances or an uncertain job market, or if you feel like you don't have much to be thankful for, this story might have you giving thanks just when you thought all hope was gone.

The students at Brandon Elementary School have been learning just what it means to be thankful. "Our word for the month is 'gratitude', says counselor, Brenda Walker, "and as a counselor it has been my job to make sure that they realize that we are to have an attitude of gratitude and be thankful everyday all day for all of the blessings that we have. And so it's more than just on Thanksgiving day, I think they're aware of all of the blessings, freedom, family, just the air we breathe".

They even made a "Gratitude Tree" that details just what it is they're thankful for. One student said he was thankful for his freedom and to be living and healthy. Another said he was thankful for his family and Jesus Christ and for being able to live in America.

There's something else special about this Gratitude Tree... Not only is it a place for kids to acknowledge their thanks, but it's also a spot that they've designated for the food they've collected to give to the less fortunate.

Luke Riley, a student at Brandon told KTRE, "We're helping out people that don't have enough money or don't don't have enough food so they can have a good thanksgiving."

Students at Dunbar Primary also practiced giving as they baked bread together and discussed hat they were thankful for. While they are thankful for the holiday, they haven't forgot about the traditions of thanksgiving that makes it so enjoyable. When one student was asked what he was looking forward to the most he giggled and replied, "The food"!