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Teacher’s initiative expresses thanks to students, families

November 22, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Even first-graders can be thankful.

Students in Ava Smith’s class at Desert Valley Elementary School celebrated their gratitude in the best way last week — with family.

“Pumpkin Pie with Mrs. Smith” was her latest effort to bring families into the classroom. The children enjoyed dessert, made turkey hats and posed for family photos, all with holiday music in the background.

“Thanksgiving is all about family,” Smith said. “And since we are a classroom family, it’s important for me to have an event with my families.”

The event was also a way for her to thank the students’ families for the support and encouragement they give the children at home, she said.

Some first-grade parents had to work, and couldn’t attend but Smith said other families “adopted’ those students for the day, even including them in the photos.

“This set of kiddos’ unconditional love for one another did not take long at all,” she said. “Students whose families were unable to be there were welcomed into other students’ family groups with open arms, so that everyone was included and could enjoy the event. It was heartwarming, to say the least.”

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