All of Wilder Elementary has been showing just how thankful they are for each other.
Teachers hosted gratitude jars in their classes and recorded a video for their Wilder family students with a Thanksgiving message and a read-aloud of a seasonal book for students to watch at school on Tuesday and during the holiday weekend.
Students, teachers and staff wrote and sketched what they were most thankful for on leaves which were posted on a Giving Tree housed on the school stage.
On Tuesday, the school’s PTA hosted a Thankful for our Families event, where staff helped the PTA distribute boxes of Schneider’s donuts and activity packets to entertain students over the long weekend.
“It’s been a rough year and a half for our families and not being able to host our normal events and things for school so we wanted to do something to show our appreciation for our families,” PTA president Lori Motzer. “We are thankful for them and thankful for our staff at Wilder.”
Due to COVID health and safety guidelines this year, Wilder has not been able to host its annual activities that help connect staff with families such as its popular Oktoberfest event.
Motzer said the PTA planned the Thankful for our Families — where PTA members and Wilder staff greeted parents and students in their cars with donuts, treats and words of gratitude — as a way to bridge those connections.
“Since our families haven’t been able to come here and get to see our staff and mingle with each other, it’s a way for our staff to volunteer their time to connect with our families,” she said.