The Eastchester School District embodied the definition of gratitude this Thanksgiving season.

Waverly students created a Tree of Gratitude that grew over the month. Each student placed a leaf on a branch that expressed what they are thankful for and drew or pasted pictures of their families, homes, food, even the earth. Teachers Theresa Arita and Molly Koller focused on this important theme. “What better way to showcase gratitude than to have a tree right in the hallway! Every time someone walked by they looked at their leaf and acknowledged what they had done. The Gratitude Tree displayed their pride," said Arita.

The Eastchester Middle School Student Leadership Council collected food to donate to ECAP – the Eastchester Community Action Partnership. Students said it was a way for them to give back and allow all families to celebrate Thanksgiving with a special meal.

At the Anne Hutchinson School, fourth-graders collected $800 during November and used some of the money to purchase food for The Hope Shelter in New Rochelle. The students packed sandwiches and desserts into brown paper bags that they decorated with pictures and uplifting messages. After purchasing the food, the school donated approximately $550 to the shelter.

“I really feel happy because we are giving to people who don’t have a lot to eat. It gives me joy and puts a smile on my face,” said fourth-grader Haleia Blumenberg.

Fourth-grade teacher Kati Curry organized the project and would like to thank the following parents who supported the students: Luz Vargas, Sarah DeRese, Michelle Lopes, Maurenn Cesarinin, Jenna Brunelli, Mario Carapella, Lisa Nicholosi, Elizabeth Campso, Laura Donovan, Tara Sapir, Kiriko Kato and Cathy Barra.

The Greenvale Community also collected food for ECAP. Before Thanksgiving the PTA celebrated with the fifth-graders and organized a breakfast.

Eastchester High School students and their families showed their generosity contributing to the EGO Toy Drive in November, collecting hundreds of items.

High School students in Nora Flynn’s class celebrated the season with a luncheon. Country Market generously donated to the feast where students expressed their gratitude for their parents, class family and their physical education classes!

“I am overwhelmed at the amazing things that this community is doing out or gratefulness and gratitude at the holiday season,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Glass as he reflected on the Eastchester School Community.