Basilica schoolchildren share their thoughts

The Keys Weekly team wishes all of our readers and the Keys community a happy Thanksgiving. This year we asked Mrs. Hunter’s 5th grade class at the Basilica School in Key West to help us reflect on what matters most—and tell us what they are most thankful for this year.

Elio NavarroElio Navarro—“I’m thankful for everyone in my family who are safe in France from the attack.”

Kornelia SzostakKornelia Szostak—“I am grateful that I have a mom because she gave me life, and now she looks after me, protects me, and teaches me how to be a good person. She is my guide in my life.”

Andris BarrosoAndris Barroso—“This year I am thankful for my wonderful school, my principal Mr. Wright, my teachers Mrs. Hunter and Mrs. Balmaceda and the Barroso family.”

Jonathan BahriJonathan Bahri—“I am thankful for my family because they are there when I need them. They cheer me on in a soccer game or other things.”

Amanda NavarroAmanda Navarro—“I am thankful because I have a great family who support and help me to become a thoughtful, kind responsible grown up.”

Alejandro ZurheideAlejandra Zurheide—“I’m thankful for my perish which provides us food and a church for us to go to. Our perish also includes our friends and teachers who are like our family.”

Colette HooghouseColette Hooghouse—“I am thankful for my family because I’m able to sit with them at the dinner table every day. It’s a blessing.”

Samantha VentimigliaSamantha Ventimiglia—“I am thankful for my family because they help me survive, they help me when I fall and they comfort me when I am frightened.”

Janelle WaiteJanelle Waite—“I am thankful for my family and my home because some children don’t have a family or a home.”

Scotty PatrickScotty Patrick—“I am thankful for my happy home because I have a roof over my head.”

Micaela BurnettMicaela Burnett—“I’m thankful for my family because they always support me in everything.”

Jack MurphyJack Murphy—“I am thankful for my family because they give me shelter, food and love.”

Aleksandra TurekAleksandra Turek—“I am thankful for God because he gave me a wonderful family, and that family gave me a bed, a roof over my head, and the food that I eat.”

Nicolas FernandezNicolas Fernandez—“I’m thankful for my parents because they provide me food, water, shelter, education and a lot more to be thankful for.”

Anthony ToppinoAnthony Toppino—“I am thankful for my family because they comfort me when I am depressed.”

Faith GortonFaith Gorton—“I am thankful for my friends, family, my school, and God being in my life because they all have helped to make me a better person.”

John SearcyJohn Searcy—“I am thankful for Thanksgiving itself because we spend more time with family, and it is a time to be together, with gladness and joy.”

Luke VincentLuke Vincent—“I am thankful for my mom for keeping me safe, providing food for me, and making me cheerful when I am sorrowful.”

Ruben FlowersRuben Flowers—“I am thankful for my mom, dad and relatives because they are the ones that appreciate me on good work. They are the ones that trust and love me for who I am.”

Weston Andrews (1)Weston Andrews—“I am thankful for life and education because education makes life fun and excellent. I am also thankful for my dad because he makes me laugh and experience a lot of things other kids can’t.”

Henry Jabour (1)Henry Jabour—“I am thankful for my family and all the good people that God brings in my life each day. I am thankful for what my parents do for me. They take me under their wing, they feed me, they love and care for me, and that’s what I’m thankful for. They are not going to be here forever but they taught me how to survive in life.”

Jackson MooreJackson Moore—“I am thankful because I have a loving, caring family that pays for me to go to this wonderful school.”

Maurice JabourMaurice Jabour—“I am thankful for my family for caring for me when I am depressed. I am thankful for my dogs for keeping me entertained when I am depressed.”

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