Westridge students, staff discuss thankfulness, gifts from the heart and the coming winter

What are you most thankful for and why?

“I’m thankful about being able to get together with my family to celebrate being thankful. I’m thankful to have a roof over my head and being fortunate and being able to buy school supplies. … I’m thankful to be able to go to a good school in a good location. I’m thankful for being able to play sports.”

— Karson Gjesdal, fifth-grader

“I’m most thankful for my family. I’m thankful for my mom because she does a lot of stuff for our family. She cooks dinner, and she made my Halloween costume, and she does our homework with us.”

— Emma Boden, fourth-grader

“I’m thankful for family and friends because they always support me, and they help me through hard times. My friends, they kind of keep me entertained, and they also keep me energized because they’re always doing fun things."

— Payton Moffenbeier, fifth-grader

“It’s the community I’m thankful for. These parents value education and instill that value in their kids. (Community members) are so supportive with their time and resources.”

— Scott Lane, principal

If you could give every child in the world a gift, what would it be and why?

“I’d probably give food and water to every child because without food and water you can’t really live, and some people don’t have that stuff.”

— Dylan Bissett, third-grader

“It’s good to help others by donating kids food and giving coats for cold children who do not have shelter."

— Gracie Kuhn, fifth-grader

My gift would be “to make sure all children have love.”

— Emily Dryer, educational assistant

“I think my gift would be a supportive family.”

— Kelsey Bowen, third- and fourth-grade-level teacher

What do you like most about winter?

“I like how you can go outside and play in the snow and go sledding.”

— Ella Privatsky, second-grader

“I like (winter) because you can make things out of snow, and you can have a snowball fight with your family.”

— Sephora Schoenheit, second-grader

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