Team Venture students at Mason Intermediate gave thanks to special people in their lives at the schools annual “Giving Thanks Celebration” last month.
Students invited special guests who have had a significant influence on them. To prepare for the celebration, they wrote essays explaining why they selected their guests and then read them aloud during the ceremony.
Sixth-grader Nick Wead invited his neighbor, Charles “Chuck” Depperman.
“Chuck was the first friend I made when I first moved to Mason and now he is still one of my best friends,” he read aloud from his essay. ” He is a kind person who does so much to help others. He is a man that has served for America. He is a man of wisdom. He is a man of many stories. Most of all he is a man that has inspired me.”
Sixth-graders Jonah Ewing and Peter Hart chose their friend Ben Tavella, who has a rare muscular disorder and is back at home after a recent stay in the hospital. Ben was unable to make the ceremony, but dad Jeff Tavella stood in to hear the boys give their thanks to him.
“I am thankful for Ben because he taught me how to keep fighting and never give up, no matter the circumstances. Ben has changed my life,” said Ewing.
Students and teachers also provided breakfast for the invited guests.
“This is such a wonderful event because the opportunity for our students to share their gratitude with someone who is special in their lives is so important, and the emotion expressed by the guests is truly priceless,” said language arts teacher Melissa Schubert.
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