Staples shares what they are thankful for


As Thanksgiving Day approaches, the majority of people are busy buying turkeys and baking pumpkin pie; however, Staples students and staff are also reflecting on the deeper meaning of the holiday.

“[Thanksgiving] is a day when I can relax and take a break to appreciate what I have in life with the people I love. I think sometimes we get too caught up in the details, and Thanksgiving is about appreciating the traditions and the simple things in life,” Jessica Chachra ’16 said.

Beatrice Vega ’15 feels the same way about Thanksgiving.

“[It’s] a time for family to just gather together… [and] be thankful for everything that has been provided for them,” Vega explained.

The majority of the Staples community agreed that they are most thankful for their families.

“I’m thankful for my family because I can always count on them to be there for me,” Vega shared.

“I am thankful for my family, friends and education and all the opportunities I have been given throughout my life,” added Chachra.

Although family seems to be the main theme, many find more things to be thankful for each year.

“As I have grown up, I have learned so much more about the world and the amazing people in it, which has expanded what I am grateful for,” said Kristen Onorato ’15.

“I think I have always been thankful for [the same] things, but felt it on a deeper level as I get to know more about the world and the hardships I haven’t had to face,” said Chachra.

Similarly, Library Media Specialist Tamara Weinberg shared that what she is thankful for has changed over the years.

“When I became a parent, I focused more on my kids’ happiness,” she reflected.

Since this is the season of giving, many decided to show their thanks.

“[I give thanks] by paying it forward with random acts of kindness,” Onorato said.

“I try to show thanks by being a part of community service clubs,” Chachra said.

Weinberg is taking a different approach. She shows her thanks by being “extra tolerant” and taking “time to see good in people.”

The goal is to “make sure everyone enjoys the holiday,” she said with a smile.