“War is not here”
“No sirens are warning us of air raids”
and the last line
“We wish all children could be glad and safe.”
In all-school activity groups on Tuesday students wrote what they are thankful for on strips of colored paper – now displayed in the lobby. (Family, friends and pets feature strongly.)
As reported by the Poughkeepsie New Yorker evening edition for November 21 1941 they did the same thing 68 years ago. It was before Pearl Harbor but the world was at war and the children knew it.
They were thankful for being safe, for the army, the navy, and for for living in a democracy where they could “cooperate to defend their country’. They were thankful for the freedom to worship God and criticize the president without being put in a concentration camp.
On the same page as the PDS story are two accounts of a torpedo boat fight. The German high command version is quite different from the British Admiralty story.
For pictures of our activities on Tuesday – check the Flickr feed. In addition to making the list we also had pumpkin squares baked by the fifth and sixth grades and sang the now traditional “Thank-you” song written by students for the original musical “Life on Earth” in 1999. The story was the quite wonderfulGiving Thanks by Jonathan London beautifully illustrated by Gregory Manchess. Thank you Robbie Puglisi and the kindergarten class for bringing it to my attention.