Johnson Jr. High students have much to be grateful for

More than 400 students at Lloyd Johnson Jr. High left notes in the multi-purpose room that tells others what they are thankful for this holiday season. 

The Associated Student Body members established a “gratitude wall” so the students could share their thoughts anonymously. 

“We passed out little cards to everyone in the school so they could write what they were grateful for,” said Hailey Regnani, 12, a seventh grader. 

Not only did the students write their thoughts, but most have also taken the time to read, during lunch, the notes written by others, which the ASB members taped to the walls. 

“The results are very moving,” said Amy Hannin-Korynta, eighth-grade teacher and ASB advisor. “We didn’t know what to expect because we’ve never done anything like this, but the kids were so thoughtful.” 

One student was grateful for money in his or her piggy bank and good health. Another was grateful for his or her cows. But almost all mentioned their family and friends, and many were thankful for food and a roof over their heads.   

Students were also thankful for their pets, the Internet, their teachers and administrators, the weekends, Christmas break, and the opportunity to go to visit family during the holidays. 

Ysabel Charter, an eighth-grader, said she was grateful for her family and her dog, Louie.

“I just think it is cool to see what we are all thankful for,” said Maggie Reyna, 12, a seventh grader.

Thursday was pajama day during the week-long student body celebration leading up to a three-week holiday break. On Monday, students wore Santa hats or red. Tuesday was Grinch day or green; Wednesday was Christmas sweater day. 

The students plan to repeat the process after the break, leaving notes expressing their goals for the New Year. 

“My goal is for the students to enjoy math,” Hannin-Korynta said. ■