As we look ahead to the end of the year 2015 we are given the gift of Thanksgiving
 to pause, reflect and celebrate the many gifts we have.

Dear Parents and All Members of the UFRSD Learning Community,

As Thanksgiving Day gets closer, our excitement builds. We will spend countless hours shopping for just the right size turkey, preparing special recipes for relishes, desserts, and rolls, and we will do our best to recreate the traditional foods we remember from Thanksgivings in years gone by. As people of this great country, we celebrate just being together with family and friends, sharing stories from the past, and thinking about our hopes and dreams for the future.  Together we model traditions honored by our parents and grandparents, and hope that our children will remember the new memories created on this very special day of traditions and rituals.  


When we gather together with those we love on Thursday, we will make connections that will be repeated by our children, their children, and the children of their children. If we slip into our Thanksgiving conversations, words of kindness, appreciation, and gratitude, we will model appreciation and respect for those that planted, harvested and made this food available.

 

We teach our children about gratitude when we share words of thanks to those that lugged the food home from the market, prepared it, and when we acknowledge that we are blessed to have a table of plenty available to us. We teach appreciation when we share with our children that not every American will have a feast before them on this day. We teach kindness when we share with our children the fact that there are 7.3 billion people on planet earth and that many of them will never be able to stand in a Shop Rite and be amazed at the abundance of food that is always available for us to eat.

Together with the entire UFRSD Community, including the Board of Education, our faculty and administration, and,  2,366 of the nicest kids in America, I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! May you love every minute of your day, may you have many more thanksgivings to celebrate together, and may you always know how much we appreciate the many things you do for the children of the Upper Freehold Regional School District.

Dick Fitzpatrick