Middle school spreads thanks

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Long Beach Middle School students created a meaningful project for New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration initiative, with credit going to eighth-grader Sarah Gusler for her ideas and involvement. Sarah’s vision came to life as her peers came together to develop a banner that reflects their grateful sentiments.  

Senator Kaminsky put out an invitation for essay, poetry or artwork submissions for possible inclusion in a Thanksgiving Day Showcase. Art teacher Laura Swan presented the Senator’s call for participation to her classes, and Sarah took interest. She proposed that the school develop a banner that spells out the word “Thankful,” with students’ own messages contained within the letters. 

Sarah wrote out the large block letters on boards of paper, each of which was assigned to a team grade. Students took time during their lunch periods to write out what they are most thankful for. The result was a collaborative outpouring of appreciation displayed in the school's foyer. 

For her thoughtful attitude, creativity and leadership, Sarah was provided with a certificate and letter of acknowledgment from the Senator.