We took over the library and set up the tables family style. Last year we found fabulous write-on tablecloths at Boscov's (a NJ/PA store) and we stockpiled them for this year. While the kids were waiting for the food to heat up, they doodled and played tic-tac-toe.
We had 5 crock-pots going, as well as a big baking dish and a few cold items. We had:
sweet potato casserole
As my grandfather would say, "Abbondanza!"
We always put plastic tablecloths down under our crock-pots in case of spills. This year my teammate decided to spruce up our food table with some autumn garland- isn't it cute?
Before we served the food, we went around the table and each child had to say 1 thing they were thankful for. Most said food, family, friends...one smartie said he was thankful for his wonderful teacher. A plus!
We were lucky to have Student Council help serve the food- that made it easy for my teammate and I to take pictures and sneak bites of food. We got them to try almost everything, which is not easy- for some kids, this was the first time they'd ever seen stuffing or cranberry sauce!
Finally, they ate. And there was silence. Total, complete, could hear a pin drop silence. Some kids went for seconds, some kids went for thirds, but no matter what, they all left the library with food in their bellies and a story to tell. We sent loads of food home with the kids, so hopefully they'll eat well the next two days. I am so thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in my students' lives. Teaching refugees can be challenging and often sad, but seeing their happy faces and listening to them talk and giggle with friends around the table is so rewarding.
Do you have any classroom or school traditions? Share in the comments!