What Are You Thankful For?


Middle school kids are funny. When you ask them to write about what they are thankful for, you may be surprised by the response. Some kids talk about fun stuff, things that bring joy their lives, like video games and their favorite books and games; others go super spiritual and write a three part essay on God, Jesus, and the cross. Still, others focus on practical things, food and clothing, for example. Each student reveals more and more personality with each writing project finished. Learning about every one of these kids is the best part of my job and one I am quite thankful for.

Please take a moment to read a few things middle school students at Cookson Hills are thankful for. And be sure to read Annabelle’s essay below!
— Ashley Allsbury, Teacher


“How often do we actually take the time to be thankful? As we draw near to Thanksgiving, I want to highlight a few of the many different things to be thankful for. I am very grateful for time, education, and the Bible. I hope you can relate to my personal thanks and think of many more on your own.

I think time is a worthy thing to be thankful for. It has various uses and is very helpful. We can keep track of how long we’ve been doing something, when to stop, and we can “spend” our time. Time is a very important system to measure all of those things.

I would also like to recognize education, considering the fact that we learn so much in just a day. I know that almost everything in my future will involve education. Learning can also be very interesting, in my opinion.

Finally, I am thankful for the Bible. The Bible provides the blueprints for how to be a good Christian. There is so much wisdom and knowledge to be found in the Bible. It also gives us reasonable explanations as to how things happened or when events took place.

God provides so much for us to be thankful for. I hope that as Thanksgiving falls upon us that our attention would not be focused on the food or the pumpkins, but on what we want to thank God for. Now, I challenge you, what are the things you’re thankful for?”
— Annabelle, Class of 2022