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Reasons for thanks

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Central Ridge third-graders offer personal gratitude to teachers and parents

By Mike Wright

Students and their families enjoyed a Thanksgiving program last week in Terri Garcia’s and Trisha Knox’s combined third-grade classes at Central Ridge Elementary School. Along with sharing trivia about the first Thanksgiving and partaking in delicious pie, students offered their personal thanks to teachers, family and friends. Here they are:

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* Mackenzie Richardson: “I am thankful for my grandpa and grandma, because my grandpa died last year and I love him. My grandma died when I was 2. I love her too. For all the days they were alive, they filled me and my family with great joy!”

* Gabrielle Harrington: “I am thankful for my mom, because she does laundry and cooks the best meals in the world for me.”

* Jasmine Colon: “I am thankful for my aunt and my uncle, because they put a roof over my head and taking me into their care because they love me.”

* Nick Post: “I am thankful for my family, because they help me and support me when I am doing something big and small.”

* Kearston Bullock: “I am thankful for my mom, because she is always there for me.”

* Christian Donahoe: “I am thankful I have a family. I love them very much. And I’m thankful I have a mom and dad, because they also love me as well.”

* Tanner Hall: “I am thankful for my mom and dad because they take care of me.”

* Cody Venuto: “I am thankful for my family and friends. I am also thankful for the things that represent Thanksgiving, like the pilgrims, Indians and turkey.”

* Nadya Pritchyk: “I am lucky to have such good friends that are there for me.”

* Lindsey Mills: “I am thankful for my mom and dad because they take care of me and I would not know what to do without them.”

* Cameron Scarangella: “I am thankful for my family coming to visit. I never get to see them for the holidays and having turkey and playing family traditions.”

* Kyle McClusky: “I am thankful for God for making us because I wouldn’t get to see my teachers.”

* Lilly Kofmehl: “I am thankful for my pets because I love to play and feed them.”

* Cam’Ron Newton: “I am thankful for my mom and dad. They help me with my homework. When I am sad they give me a hug.”

* Kaitlyn Inglett: “I am thankful for my family because they love and support me.”

* Alyssa Sharp: “I am thankful for my mom and dad and my house and my dog. I love my dog so much and she loves me.”

* Dalton Kruis: “I am thankful for my mom and dad for providing a roof over my head.”

* Lexi Hurtt: “I am thankful for my uncle because he helps me.”

* Jasmine Fisher: “I am thankful for my house. I am thankful for my family. Some people have nothing at all. I am lucky.”

* Mercedes Harrison: “I am thankful for my teachers, my mom and my family. I am thankful for living in a house and going to school.”

* Annalynn Greenawald: “I am thankful for my family and my pet and my friends. My friends love me very much. My friends are nice and make funny jokes, and trust me, they are funny!”

* Brian Cephas: “I am thankful for my grandma for taking care of me.”

* Breighyonna DeRosa: “I am thankful for a roof over my head and love.”

* Natalie Basalyga: “I am thankful for my family because they protect me and won’t let me get hurt. I am most thankful for my older brother because he saved my life. I had a seizure and he caught me when I fell. I was only 2.”

* Vanessa Drawdy: “I am thankful for smaller siblings because sometimes they might be annoying but I love them. They make life interesting and enjoyable. Like one time my baby brother crawled on me and cheered me up.”

* Crista Cappuccilli: “I am thankful for the things I have because I know that everyone can’t have what I have.”

* Brookelyn Perry: “I am thankful for my family because I wouldn’t know what to do without them.”

* Rafael Morales: “I am thankful for my mom because she cooks for me and helps me with my homework. I am happy that I am her little child.”

* Nicole Moran: “I am thankful for my mom and dad because Mom makes my food and Dad helps the firefighters.”

* Summer Armstrong: “I am thankful for my parents for giving me a house to live in, and also for taking care of me. I love my mom and dad.” 

Contact Chronicle reporter Mike Wright at 352-563-3228 or mwright@chronicleonline.com.