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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 is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools 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. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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