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Giving thanks for noodles, home & rainbows

Godwin Heights — Resource room teacher Caitlin Flaherty had a question for West Godwin Elementary first-grader Elijah DeBoer: “So, what is your favorite food?”

“Noodles,” Elijah said with a big grin.

“Just noodles?” Flantery asked. “What about chicken nuggets?”

Elijah’s grin grew wider as he nodded his head vigorously. 

The two looked over Elijah’s “I am thankful for…” construction paper turkey, a holiday project of kindergartners and first-graders in Flaherty’s room.

Each student was given a paper turkey and feathers they could color and cut out to practice fine motor skills. Each feather had a word of a person or item the student might be thankful for. 

Elijah’s words were friends, family, food, rainbows and home. He said his home is an apartment, and the reason he is thankful for it is because his family is there. Through an online video, the class read the book “How Grizzly Found Gratitude” by Dennis Mathew. Flaherty said students learned how gratitude and thankfulness are similar.

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma covers Kent ISD and Godwin Heights. She was born in the Detroit area but grew up in Brighton where she attended Hartland Public Schools. The salutatorian for the Class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism and minored in photography and German. She expanded her color palette to include orange and black as both her daughters graduated from Byron Center Public Schools; maroon and white for Aquinas College where her daughter studies nursing and also brought back blue and maize for Grand Rapids Community College where her youngest daughter currently is studying music. Read Joanne's full bio


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