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Thanksgiving Assembly

During assembly on Wednesday, November 24, Kevin Gilbert spoke to the student body. Continuing a tradition established seven years ago, Kevin was selected by his classmates to make the Thanksgiving assembly address. His remarks follow:
Good morning Mr. Abbott, classmates and teachers.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and to be honest with you, it’s because of the food. The turkey, the mashed potatoes, the cranberry sauce all taste delicious! My mother always starts to cook Thanksgiving dinner early in the morning.  So by nine o’clock when I wake up, the house is completely surrounded by the aroma of a cooking turkey.  It’s the one holiday in America that everyone eats till they’re full, and then eats a little bit more.  Every year, when I look at the table I’m always amazed to see how much food is left over from the dinner!  But this is a good thing because it means I get to eat Thanksgiving dinner for at least two more days. There is no limit to what you can create from leftover Thanksgiving food.  My personal favorite is making turkey sandwiches, which can be easily created with the leftover biscuits and of course turkey.   
When I was in 9th grade, I experienced a heart breaking Thanksgiving.  My sister had invited her boyfriend to our family dinner. Demitri was his name, and I remember he was a very nice guy with a very big heart, but he also had a very big stomach. When everyone was finished with their dinner and watching the Dallas Cowboys on TV, I noticed that Demitri was still eating.  To be honest with you, at first I was very impressed with his ability to consume incredibly large amounts of turkey. But as the game on TV progressed, so did the amount of trips Demitri made to the table. He kept going back for seconds, returning each time with a full plate of food. I watched helplessly as the turkey slowly became skinnier and skinnier.  By the end of the game, my leftover feast had been completely devoured. Not only was the entire turkey gone, but also the mashed potatoes, the golden biscuits, the tasty stuffing, and my personal favorite, the pumpkin pie were all eaten! There was nothing left except for some lettuce from the salad. I remember wanting to cry as I removed the salad from the refrigerator the next day.
Of course, the holiday is much more than just eating turkey and enjoying a slice of pumpkin pie.  It’s a time to be thankful for what you have. My mother knows this best.  She and I were not born in the United States, but in Panama, a small tropical country in Central America.  Every time I revisit my birthplace, I have a great time.  I love going to the beaches and watching the large waves hit the shore.  And the best part of Panama is that I’m actually tall there!  I have never felt shorter than the day I met Jack Welsh my six foot five friend and classmate.  
Panama is much more than just a good vacation.  It gives an opportunity to see how lucky I truly am, to live in a country like the United States.  We have so much compared to the average person around the world.  My grandparents who also live in Panama have a very small house.  There are bars on the windows and the water doesn’t work half the time. Despite having very little in terms of worldly possessions, they seem very happy, and I admire them for it. I like to think its because they understand what truly matters in life, and that’s what they focus on.  They focus on things such as family, and getting to see their grandchild for a day, something they only get to do once every three years or so. 
It’s always interesting visiting them because Spanish is not their first language, as you would expect.  They were born in the jungle regions of Panama in a tribe called the Embera. Thus they learned the tribe’s language first.
This makes communication with my grandparents increasingly difficult. As many of my classmates know, I myself am not exactly 100% fluent. So when I would visit my grandparent’s home, we would use sign language to talk to each other. The one memory that I will never forget from my grandfather is the day he tried to describe a jaguar to me. It was something like this. (Showed the hand movements and aarrrgh sound)  As a seven-year-old kid, I remember being a little scared the first time I saw him act it out, but in the end I thought it was funny.  I will always be thankful for the good memories I have in life. 
Over the past couple of days I started to think about everything I was thankful for, and I started to ask my classmates what the holiday meant to them.  I got a large variety of answers.  A majority of them say the obvious, family and health.  However some of them had interesting answers, such as Lily Strassner, who told me she was thankful for sunscreen. Or Miriam Cruz, who looked at the ground a second and finally said, good stuffing.  But if you ask me what I’m most thankful for, excluding family and health, it would be the opportunity to attend such a prestigious and one-of-a-kind school.  John Burroughs has given me so much over the past six years.  I have had many great teachers and have met many students who have greatly influenced me as a person.  Burroughs has molded me into the person I am today.  I will always be thankful, to say that I was a student at John Burroughs School.
As all of you know, in two days the football team will be playing in the state championship game at the Edward Jones Dome. It is an experience that everyone on the team will remember for the rest of their lives.  But I will be the first to admit that I am pretty small for the game.  There are not many five foot nine, one hundred and sixty pound football players.  If I had not attended john Burroughs, I would have never been able to play a game that has changed the way I view life.  Football is so much more than just a game where you win or lose.  It’s about working as a group and doing your part, no matter how small, to help the team win. A football team is like a family.  We protect each other, we help each other, we only wish good things for each other.  We also make fun of each other, but that’s unavoidable.
Thanksgiving is time to spend with your family. Over the past eighteen years of my existence, I have had many different kinds of Thanksgivings.  I have had large family gatherings and small ones.
When I was in fifth grade I went to my aunt's house in Ohio for Thanksgiving.  I remember playing Super Smash Brothers with my cousin Christopher and deciding to go down stairs to see if the food was ready.  The moment I entered the kitchen, an eighty-year-old woman immediately jumped me.  She gave me a hug and a very awkward wet kiss. I remember thinking, “who are you?”  That’s what happens when you have large family gatherings - people you meet for the first time can surprise you.
Last year I had a very unique experience with Thanksgiving.  I spent it, all by myself. I know what your thinking, spending Thanksgiving by yourself sounds horrible, but it really wasn’t that bad.  Although Thanksgiving is supposed to be a holiday that you spend with your family, some times being alone helps you to understand the meaning of the holiday even better. 
My mother had allowed me to stay at home and take care of the dog, Spunky.  He is by far the cutest jack Russell terrier you will ever meet.  Most of you have met my dog, or know that Vik Chuahan impersonated him in the Halloween assembly. If you haven’t met him, the best way to describe him would be to compare him to a real Brain Griffin from Family Guy.
Anyway, I spent my entire thanksgiving with my tiny white dog. That day I had decided to eat my dinner in the living room.  That way I could watch a movie.  But I didn’t want to eat alone. So I took Spunky’s bowl and put it next to me on the couch.  Together we ate so much turkey!  Thinking about that day now, it’s the small things in life that you should be thankful for.  When you go to such a demanding school like Burroughs, you often forget the small pleasures in life, like spending time with your dog.
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As I conclude this speech, I want to wish everyone a great Thanksgiving.  The holiday means something different to every one of us, and that’s what makes it so special.  This Thanksgiving, my grandparents have come all the way from Massachusetts to spend the holiday with my father and me.  They are here today, and I would just like to publicly thank them for everything they have done for me over the years. I am truly thankful for having such great grandparents who care about me. 
As I said before, I hope that everyone has a great Thanksgiving and enjoys their pumpkin pie.  Thank you for allowing me to be your Thanksgiving speaker. It’s truly an honor to have been able to speak to you today.

Education Through Entertainment

Well, tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, and many of us will have severely expanded waistlines on Friday! I want to wish all of you a happy and joyous day, hopefully spent in celebration with family and loved ones.
But, we should also recognize that holidays are a perfect time to use a school assembly program to reinforce the meaning of the holiday for children.
take Thanksgiving as an example. All over the country in November school children draw pictures of the original pilgrims, and dress up in funny hats and that is great! The original meaning of Thanksgiving was to celebrate the blessings enjoyed by those pilgrims surviving the early difficult times of our nation. However, it is good to remember that Thanksgiving was first signed into law as an official national holiday by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. And at that time, we were also involved in the single most brutal and deadly war our country ever faced, 
and we were fighting for the very survival of this great nation. As the war began to slowly turn in the favor of the North, there was much to be thankful for again (at least in the North!).
For this very reason, November is a surprisingly good time to schedule a school assembly visit from Abraham Lincoln and to remind children not only of the struggles to found our country but also of the great struggles that we suffered through in order to maintain it.
And there is also a wonderful anecdotal story from Lincoln relating to Thanksgiving that children just love. We always make it part of the program this time of year. Here is how it goes:
The Lincoln family loved animals and kept various pets at the White House. Periodically they would enjoy the gift of some animal intended for their dinner table. However, Lincoln’s sons, Willie and Tad, so dearly loved animals that they would often try to “adopt” the animal before it could be slaughtered. The Lincoln’s had a goat at the Whitehouse for this very reason. Among the president’s duties was that of attending to the disciplining of soldiers found guilty of desertion. The appropriate punishment at that time was execution, and it fell to Lincoln to sign each death order, a duty which he detested. Whenever he could, he would reach into a small compartment of his desk and take out a small piece of paper and write on it something like “The soldier - John Doe - is hereby pardoned - Signed A. Lincoln”, and send it along to the infuriated generals.
Well, one November, the Lincoln’s received a large turkey. Obviously it was intended for their feast but the two Lincoln boys, knowing nothing of the sort, immediately christened the bird “Tom” and began to treat it as a pet. When they learned of the turkeys intended fate they rushed to their father and burst into his office.
“Pa, Pa, you can’t let them kill Tom!”, they exclaimed.
Lincoln smiled and reached into his desk retrieving a small piece of paper on which he wrote:
“The turkey, Tom, is hereby pardoned -  Signed A. Lincoln.”
And instructed the boys to give the paper to the chef.
So began a tradition which has continued on and off for presidents that followed. Certainly, we know that every president since 1989 had followed the practice, but it is also rumored that President Kennedy and President Truman also did so.







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