Thanksgiving dinner is a tradition that brings together family, friends and loved ones over a shared meal and gratitude. During the Northport-East Northport English language learners (ELLs) Thanksgiving luncheon, a similar familial feeling was present despite that varying languages and cultures in the room.
On November 16, students across all seven district schools came together to see friends and enjoy a shared Thanksgiving meal served by district staff. Families of ELLs were also invited to attend and join their children at the celebration. Chairperson for World Language and ENL Jennifer Nesfield welcomed the students and expressed her gratitude for them sharing their cultures with staff and peers, and her excitement to share a piece of American culture with them in return.
The event kicked off with a performance from kindergarten ELLs singing traditional Thanksgiving tunes, followed by a presentation from middle school students on what they are grateful for. The event had been cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, and there was a clear excitement to be back together celebrating.
District staff then served ELLs and their families classic Thanksgiving dishes like turkey with gravy and mashed potatoes.