I was blown away that almost every family from our class was able to come! That meant we needed to get planning! We had parents sign up to bring items for the feast. Our amazing head of food services provided her fabulous roast turkey and cooked it for us on our feast day!
Next we decided to create a beautiful (kid-created) environment to hold our feast.
We created pumpkins for centerpieces by stuffing paper bags with newsprint, twisting the top and painting them. The kids traced their hands on green paper and cut them out for the leaves.
We painted our hands to create this friendship banner with the other classes involved.
The kids collaborated in small groups to come up with a design for a table runner, sketched it on the runner and then painted it.
We made labels for all of the food that would be set out.
We created "Thank You" cards for the head cook for making us turkey and the custodians who helped set everything up and helped us to tear it all down and clean it all up afterward.
Then us teachers took everything our three classes made to the gym after school and set it all up.
As families arrived, we organized the food on the buffet and the celebration began! You could see signs of friendship and community building everywhere you looked!
We had around 200 people show up for this wonderful celebration of friendship. I had so much fun talking with families and enjoying a wonderful evening with them all! I always enjoy building relationships with the families that I have the privilege to work with. I hope we can do it again!
Here is the wonderful team of teachers that worked together to make this all happen. I am so lucky to work with such a wonderful group and I can never thank them enough! I adore them!