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September 21, 2018

Fairley students express thanks at Family Fall Fun Night


Students in Yvette Gigliotti’s third-grade class at Fairley Elementary School realized they had much to be thankful for, as they rattled off dozens of reasons during Family Fall Fun Night on Monday.

Nine families gathered in the school cafeteria to create Thanksgiving crafts, enjoy pumpkin muffins baked by the students and spend quality family time together.

Logan Donhauser and his mother, Carole Donhauser, create a Thanksgiving turkey centerpiece during Family Fall Fun Night on Monday in the Fairley Elementary School cafeteria.

Logan Donhauser and his mother, Carole Donhauser, create a Thanksgiving turkey centerpiece during Family Fall Fun Night on Monday in the Fairley Elementary School cafeteria.

“We wanted to come up with things that we’re thankful for,” Gigliotti said. “We want to talk about how we can be thankful and how we can give without it being a purchase thing. There are so many things we can do to make someone else feel special. We should be thankful for the things that we have.”

That message resonated with the students who attended Monday’s activities, as each wrote five things they were thankful for onto five separate pieces of construction paper. The five pieces of colored paper were then used as the feathers for a turkey, which could be used as a centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner.

Other activities included tic-tac-toe and creating a spinning plate that again focused on things the students were grateful for.

Atiana Kinville, a third-grade student in Yvette Gigliotti’s class at Fairley Elementary School, shows off the turkey centerpiece she created with her family during Family Fall Fun Night on Monday.

Atiana Kinville, a third-grade student in Yvette Gigliotti’s class at Fairley Elementary School, shows off the turkey centerpiece she created with her family during Family Fall Fun Night on Monday.

Students said they were thankful for their home, clothing, family, friends, heat, video games, pizza and pop star Justin Bieber.

Gigliotti said the Family Fall Fun Night incorporated a little bit of classroom knowledge with real-world values.

“We did measurements, we had to work as a team and follow directions,” she said. “On top of that, it makes them more aware of the world around them and their families, which at this stage is so important.”

After the success of Monday’s event, Gigliotti said she is planning similar family fun nights for the future.

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