There are a lot of things schools can (and should) do to build a sense of community, openness, and welcoming. There are thousands of examples…this is just one. Each year our schools open their doors to families and invite them in for Thanksgiving lunch. The tables are decorated with hand drawn and colored table clothes made by students, centerpieces done in classrooms are on each table, the principal of the school is behind the serving table dishing up lunch to parents and students alike, and lots of good food is out for everyone.
Think just for a moment about some of the families that come to this event. Sure, there are the families that attend most functions and are involved in a lot of school functions and discussions. But then there’s another set of folks…that look forward to the event every year…that aren’t in the school all the time. Think about the impact and value this simple event represents for them. It’s pretty incredible. Put it on the list of things to do…it’s worth it.