What are you thankful for?


Lauren Alley

McCormick Middle School ”I’m thankful for soccer and the people in my life. I think people should be more thankful for what they have like getting an education.”


Madalyn Mull

McCormick Middle School

“I’m thankful for my loved ones and everything that I do have. Many people take the money they do have for granted and don’t think about people who have less. Many people can’t even buy their own clothes so we should be thankful just for the ability to keep warm.”


Alex Fehlan

Wellington High School

“I’m thankful for my family and all they do to provide for me. That’s something many people overlook. It’s easy to take your family for granted simply because they’re always there. I’m also happy for all of the opportunities I have through golf and academics and the chance to come to school here everyday to try and better myself.”


Cynea Harris

Langston Middle School

“I’m thankful for still having my mom here. She had a heart attack two months ago. She’s doing a lot better now. What people take for granted is having respect for your mom. Anything can happen at any given moment. Be thankful for your mom. She does a lot for you and it’s not always easy to realize.”


Selena Santiago

Oberlin High School

“I’m thankful for everything. I’m blessed to have a family and friends who support me and the education I’m receiving. Other places in the world grow up without important things like that. We should expand upon in schools just what people in other countries go through when trying to build their lives, and realize how lucky we are to have roofs over our heads.”


Isaiah Grady

Oberlin High School

“One thing I’m personally thanking for is recently getting a job and a car. That’s easy to take for granted along with still having your parents. I’ve always been very close with my mom and I’m happy everyday she’s in my life.”


Aubrey Rimbert

St. Joseph School

“I’m thankful for animals like elephants. I have two dogs and I’m thankful for them too. I clean them and when they need to go outside I let them out. People should always be love their pets and take them to the vet when they’re sick.”


Lexi Hall

St. Joseph School

“I’m very thankful for my family and how big of an event Thanksgiving is for all of us. I love it because we all get to see each other and that doesn’t happen too often. People take for granted that we live in such a great place. They don’t realize how much people struggle in other countries and it’s pretty amazing that we have what we have. I want to see more food drives and more ways to help people who can’t provide for their families. If you have the privilege to have enough for your family you should also give to other people.”


Jayden Derricotte

Amherst Junior High School

“I’m thankful for my family, my best friends, and my sister who’s coming home from Michigan for Thanksgiving. I’m thankful I get to spend time with both sides of my family and that my basketball team won its first game. People should always find new ways to spend time with family and appreciate that time.”


Brennen Bullocks

Amherst Junior High School

“Money is easy to take for granted. Many people waste it on things like drugs and alcohol. What I’m thankful for is having a family that loves me. I’m grateful for being alive right now when I’m not supposed to be. What I mean by that is I was born with gastroschisis, where your intestines are on the outside of your body. I also fell out of a window when I was three years old. I’m with a foster family right now, and I’m thankful God has put me in a place with no violence, drug use, and opportunities for me to live a straight life.”


Magerly Ayala

Langston Middle School

“I’m thankful for living where I am now. I used to live somewhere that had people in the neighborhood who looked to cause trouble, so I’m happy to be among good friends who care about me. People should be thankful just to be alive because it’s very fragile.”


Ty Locklear

Langston Middle School

“I’m thankful to be in a school that has sports and other things to take your mind off of stressful things. What people take for granted is having teachers who care about you and get after you to get your work done.”


Morgan Denes

Westwood Elementary

“I’m thankful for my teacher and the projects we do in school. I like math and reading the best. Other people should be more thankful for the food they eat and their pets.”


Courtney Krosse

Westwood Elementary

“I’m thankful for getting to help my community and make the world a better place by doing things like picking up trash and saying hello to people. People should always be thankful for the memories they have with their family members who have passed away.”


Finley Sasack

Westwood Elementary

“I’m thankful for family, friends, and what we do together. Out tradition is to make poppy seed bread and cakes. We always go to my cousin’s house in Uniontown as a family. People forget to always be thankful for their homes and the food they have. They should also be thankful for getting to go to school.”


Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Civitas Media

We traveled to schools in Amherst, Oberlin, and Wellington to ask students what they are grateful for this Thanksgiving and what they felt others sometimes take for granted. Here are their answers!

Lauren Alley

McCormick Middle School ”I’m thankful for soccer and the people in my life. I think people should be more thankful for what they have like getting an education.”

http://theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_5721.jpg

Lauren Alley

McCormick Middle School ”I’m thankful for soccer and the people in my life. I think people should be more thankful for what they have like getting an education.”

Madalyn Mull

McCormick Middle School

“I’m thankful for my loved ones and everything that I do have. Many people take the money they do have for granted and don’t think about people who have less. Many people can’t even buy their own clothes so we should be thankful just for the ability to keep warm.”

http://theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_5722.jpg

Madalyn Mull

McCormick Middle School

“I’m thankful for my loved ones and everything that I do have. Many people take the money they do have for granted and don’t think about people who have less. Many people can’t even buy their own clothes so we should be thankful just for the ability to keep warm.”

Alex Fehlan

Wellington High School

“I’m thankful for my family and all they do to provide for me. That’s something many people overlook. It’s easy to take your family for granted simply because they’re always there. I’m also happy for all of the opportunities I have through golf and academics and the chance to come to school here everyday to try and better myself.”

http://theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_5723.jpg

Alex Fehlan

Wellington High School

“I’m thankful for my family and all they do to provide for me. That’s something many people overlook. It’s easy to take your family for granted simply because they’re always there. I’m also happy for all of the opportunities I have through golf and academics and the chance to come to school here everyday to try and better myself.”

Cynea Harris

Langston Middle School

“I’m thankful for still having my mom here. She had a heart attack two months ago. She’s doing a lot better now. What people take for granted is having respect for your mom. Anything can happen at any given moment. Be thankful for your mom. She does a lot for you and it’s not always easy to realize.”

http://theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_5724.jpg

Cynea Harris

Langston Middle School

“I’m thankful for still having my mom here. She had a heart attack two months ago. She’s doing a lot better now. What people take for granted is having respect for your mom. Anything can happen at any given moment. Be thankful for your mom. She does a lot for you and it’s not always easy to realize.”

Selena Santiago

Oberlin High School

“I’m thankful for everything. I’m blessed to have a family and friends who support me and the education I’m receiving. Other places in the world grow up without important things like that. We should expand upon in schools just what people in other countries go through when trying to build their lives, and realize how lucky we are to have roofs over our heads.”

http://theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_5725.jpg

Selena Santiago

Oberlin High School

“I’m thankful for everything. I’m blessed to have a family and friends who support me and the education I’m receiving. Other places in the world grow up without important things like that. We should expand upon in schools just what people in other countries go through when trying to build their lives, and realize how lucky we are to have roofs over our heads.”

Isaiah Grady

Oberlin High School

“One thing I’m personally thanking for is recently getting a job and a car. That’s easy to take for granted along with still having your parents. I’ve always been very close with my mom and I’m happy everyday she’s in my life.”

http://theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_5726.jpg

Isaiah Grady

Oberlin High School

“One thing I’m personally thanking for is recently getting a job and a car. That’s easy to take for granted along with still having your parents. I’ve always been very close with my mom and I’m happy everyday she’s in my life.”

Aubrey Rimbert

St. Joseph School

“I’m thankful for animals like elephants. I have two dogs and I’m thankful for them too. I clean them and when they need to go outside I let them out. People should always be love their pets and take them to the vet when they’re sick.”

http://theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_5727.jpg

Aubrey Rimbert

St. Joseph School

“I’m thankful for animals like elephants. I have two dogs and I’m thankful for them too. I clean them and when they need to go outside I let them out. People should always be love their pets and take them to the vet when they’re sick.”

Lexi Hall

St. Joseph School

“I’m very thankful for my family and how big of an event Thanksgiving is for all of us. I love it because we all get to see each other and that doesn’t happen too often. People take for granted that we live in such a great place. They don’t realize how much people struggle in other countries and it’s pretty amazing that we have what we have. I want to see more food drives and more ways to help people who can’t provide for their families. If you have the privilege to have enough for your family you should also give to other people.”

http://theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_5728.jpg

Lexi Hall

St. Joseph School

“I’m very thankful for my family and how big of an event Thanksgiving is for all of us. I love it because we all get to see each other and that doesn’t happen too often. People take for granted that we live in such a great place. They don’t realize how much people struggle in other countries and it’s pretty amazing that we have what we have. I want to see more food drives and more ways to help people who can’t provide for their families. If you have the privilege to have enough for your family you should also give to other people.”

Jayden Derricotte

Amherst Junior High School

“I’m thankful for my family, my best friends, and my sister who’s coming home from Michigan for Thanksgiving. I’m thankful I get to spend time with both sides of my family and that my basketball team won its first game. People should always find new ways to spend time with family and appreciate that time.”

http://theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_5732.jpg

Jayden Derricotte

Amherst Junior High School

“I’m thankful for my family, my best friends, and my sister who’s coming home from Michigan for Thanksgiving. I’m thankful I get to spend time with both sides of my family and that my basketball team won its first game. People should always find new ways to spend time with family and appreciate that time.”

Brennen Bullocks

Amherst Junior High School

“Money is easy to take for granted. Many people waste it on things like drugs and alcohol. What I’m thankful for is having a family that loves me. I’m grateful for being alive right now when I’m not supposed to be. What I mean by that is I was born with gastroschisis, where your intestines are on the outside of your body. I also fell out of a window when I was three years old. I’m with a foster family right now, and I’m thankful God has put me in a place with no violence, drug use, and opportunities for me to live a straight life.”

http://theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_5734.jpg

Brennen Bullocks

Amherst Junior High School

“Money is easy to take for granted. Many people waste it on things like drugs and alcohol. What I’m thankful for is having a family that loves me. I’m grateful for being alive right now when I’m not supposed to be. What I mean by that is I was born with gastroschisis, where your intestines are on the outside of your body. I also fell out of a window when I was three years old. I’m with a foster family right now, and I’m thankful God has put me in a place with no violence, drug use, and opportunities for me to live a straight life.”

Magerly Ayala

Langston Middle School

“I’m thankful for living where I am now. I used to live somewhere that had people in the neighborhood who looked to cause trouble, so I’m happy to be among good friends who care about me. People should be thankful just to be alive because it’s very fragile.”

http://theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_5735.jpg

Magerly Ayala

Langston Middle School

“I’m thankful for living where I am now. I used to live somewhere that had people in the neighborhood who looked to cause trouble, so I’m happy to be among good friends who care about me. People should be thankful just to be alive because it’s very fragile.”

Ty Locklear

Langston Middle School

“I’m thankful to be in a school that has sports and other things to take your mind off of stressful things. What people take for granted is having teachers who care about you and get after you to get your work done.”

http://theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_5736.jpg

Ty Locklear

Langston Middle School

“I’m thankful to be in a school that has sports and other things to take your mind off of stressful things. What people take for granted is having teachers who care about you and get after you to get your work done.”

Morgan Denes

Westwood Elementary

“I’m thankful for my teacher and the projects we do in school. I like math and reading the best. Other people should be more thankful for the food they eat and their pets.”

http://theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_5737.jpg

Morgan Denes

Westwood Elementary

“I’m thankful for my teacher and the projects we do in school. I like math and reading the best. Other people should be more thankful for the food they eat and their pets.”

Courtney Krosse

Westwood Elementary

“I’m thankful for getting to help my community and make the world a better place by doing things like picking up trash and saying hello to people. People should always be thankful for the memories they have with their family members who have passed away.”

http://theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_5738.jpg

Courtney Krosse

Westwood Elementary

“I’m thankful for getting to help my community and make the world a better place by doing things like picking up trash and saying hello to people. People should always be thankful for the memories they have with their family members who have passed away.”

Finley Sasack

Westwood Elementary

“I’m thankful for family, friends, and what we do together. Out tradition is to make poppy seed bread and cakes. We always go to my cousin’s house in Uniontown as a family. People forget to always be thankful for their homes and the food they have. They should also be thankful for getting to go to school.”

http://theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_5739.jpg

Finley Sasack

Westwood Elementary

“I’m thankful for family, friends, and what we do together. Out tradition is to make poppy seed bread and cakes. We always go to my cousin’s house in Uniontown as a family. People forget to always be thankful for their homes and the food they have. They should also be thankful for getting to go to school.”

Amherst News Times
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