‘Why I’m Thankful’ this holiday season

Today is Thanksgiving Day, and as the community pauses to consider what they are thankful for, Vevay Media Group asked the students in Amanda Cole’s seventh grade language arts class at Switzerland County Middle School to consider that question and then share it with the community.


Today is Thanksgiving Day, and as the community pauses to consider what they are thankful for, Vevay Media Group asked the students in Amanda Cole’s seventh grade language arts class at Switzerland County Middle School to consider that question and then share it with the community.

  There were many outstanding submissions, but here is a selection from the students.

  Happy Thanksgiving!


  Thanksgiving is rolling around and it’s time that I start thinking about who I’m thankful for. For starters, I’m thankful for my family because they’re always there for me when I need them. I’m also thankful for my farm. Raising goats has impacted my life so much and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.

  When people ask me what I’m thankful for I don’t just say family. There is so much more than that. I’m thankful for living in a safe community, the freedom, and my two Corgis. I take it for granted everyday that I get food and shelter. I’m thankful for that. Going to school is another thing I’m thankful for.

  During Thanksgiving I sort of forget how thankful I am for my family being able to come together as one. I’m really thankful for my parents letter me join 4-H and FFA. I am thankful for the food that is on the table.

  Now that I’ve named who and what I am thankful for, it’s time for you to decide who you are thankful for.

— Macy Collier


 I am thankful for a lot of things. I am mostly thankful for family for always being there for me as well, not just by blood. They are always there for me in tough times. I am also thankful for things I am able to do everyday. I’m thankful to not have to go through things that some other kids have to. What I am most thankful for is to be here and have things I do today.

  I am thankful for my animals and pet friends. I’m thankful not to have any disabilities. I am thankful to be able to walk. I am thankful to be here writing about what I am thankful for. That is what I am thankful for.

—Colton Parks 


    I am thankful for my parents. They feed me, care for me, and without my parents I cannot live, breathe, be happy, or be sad. I am thankful for my parents!

  I am thankful for music. Music is what gets me going when I work. It helps me cool off when I’m angry or sad. I guess you could say that life without music would be flat! I am thankful for music.

  I am thankful for my friends. They cheer me up when I’m down. They related to me. Without my friends, I would never be as happy as I am today, and certainly not as loud as I am today! I am thankful for my friends.

— Aaryon Soni


  As the holiday season starts, I see a lot more of my family than usual, most of which I only see a couple of times a year. I’m really thankful for that time when our family comes together and we can see each other.

  I love going over to my grandma’s and getting to see all of my family and having a big meal. I’m thankful for this because I love when all of our family comes to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. I especially love Christmas because even more people come and everyone is so happy and everyone is having a good time.

  It’s not just my family. I’m also thankful for my good friends because I know they would do anything for me. When the holidays come we have fun getting each other gifts and hanging out at each others’ houses.

  I’m thankful for these things because when I’m around them it makes me happy.

— Ava Cole


  There are many things that I’m thankful for, but I’m mostly thankful for my family and friends. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be who I am today. They’ve all gotten me through so much and I couldn’t be any more thankful. I don’t know how I got to be so blessed to have every single one of them in my life. They’re always here for me when I’m not my best and need to talk to someone. They never fail to put a smile on my face.

  I honestly couldn’t ask for a better life. I’m especially thankful for my family. They’ve seen the worst and best of me. I can always count on them to help me with things that I can’t do on my own. I look up to all of them because they are all super good role models.

  I’m so thankful that God gave me the blessing of a wonderful family. I couldn’t ask for a better one. I also couldn’t ask for better friends. My best memories are with them. I couldn’t be any happier. I love every single one of them.

— Reece Cain


  I’m thankful for everything I have. I’m thankful for being here today, living and having fun. I’m thankful for having a family by my side. I’m thankful for my family because they love me and I love them, too.

  I’m also thankful for being blessed. I’m thankful for the food God gave us. I’m thankful for the love and the passion and kindness I get on Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for the fun activities God made for us to have fun.

  I’m also thankful for the time everyone takes to spend with us. For all the laughs we have, For all the games we play. But what’s mostly important about Thanksgiving is the love you give to on another.

—Emily Freeman


  What am I thankful for? Many things, of course. The list goes on and one. Most people are thankful for the little things in life. I am thankful for God. You ask, “Why God?” He is the one that put your friends and family on this earth. He gave you sports, activities, food, etc. Having him do that means a lot; him giving you a purpose to be here today.

  Sports are something I am also thankful for. They impact my life in many ways. Playing a sport every season helps me be active. Those sports include: cross country in the fall; basketball in the winter; track in the spring; and baseball in the summer. Having those is amazing to me, making me accomplish stuff in life. Those are the main two things that I am thankful for.

— Dylan Sullivan


  I’m thankful for a lot of things in life. Some things I’m thankful for are my family, because they’re always so nice and they are there for me always. I’m thankful  for my friends and that they know how to cheer me up. They are honest, trustworthy and very loyal. I know I can count on them.

  I’m thankful for band and how much it means to me and how much I can learn from it. I’m thankful for school and that I can go to school and get the education I need.

  I’m very thankful for my animals and pets, because they are like friends, too and are always there for me. I’m thankful for a lot of things. I’m especially thankful for shelter, food, warmth, and people I love to be around me. Some people don’t have the things I have and it’s sad, so I try to think of how much I should be thankful to have this stuff.

— Rosa Jones


   Thanksgiving is the time to be thankful for what you have in your life. It is always good to appreciate your family, friends, your home, and school. Food is good, but now is the time to thank those and the things around you. Take time to show that you are thankful.

  I love Thanksgiving and all the food that is prepared; but sometimes I forget the most important part. We need to start appreciating the fact that we have a place to eat our food and have dishes to eat it on. I am so thankful I have a family and home I can celebrate the holidays with. I am also thankful for my school and the teachers that come to show they care about my education.

— Ky Baker


  There are a lot of things I am thankful for. First of all, I am thankful for my mom. Without her, I wouldn’t be here. She takes amazing care of my sisters and I. She is an amazing person. I am thankful for my dad. He can be a bit tough sometimes, but deep down, I know he loves us with all his heart. I am thankful for my mom moving up to Vevay, Indiana. It is a wonderful place.

  I am thankful for my family and all the support that they provide me. I am thankful for my phone. This is because without it, it would be very hard to communicate with my dad on weekdays and mom on weekends. It also allows me to reach faraway friends. I am thankful for my mom’s fiancée. He provided us a room at Belterra when our power went out. He treats us incredibly well. I am thankful for my two cats, Tink Tink and Dumbledore. Whenever I get lonely at night, they are always there to make that feeling disappear.

  There are so many things in my life that I am thankful for, I cannot ever list all of them! One last thing that I’m thankful for: I am thankful to be here on this earth today.

— Abigail Burt


  I am thankful for the roof over my head every time I lay my head down to sleep. I’m thankful for that because not everyone has a roof or house to come home to at night. I’m thankful for the jobs my parents have, because without them we would have nothing. I’m thankful for the farmers that grow crops and raise animals. Without them we would have no food.

  I’m thankful for my teachers because without them I wouldn’t have learned the joys of reading and having knowledge. I’m thankful for the authors who write the words I read everyday. The books they write open new worlds for me.

  I’m thankful for my friends. They comfort and help me. They make me laugh and enjoy going to school even more than I already do.

  I am thankful for my mom and dad for bringing me into this world so I could see the beauties of it and feel their love. I’m thankful for my brothers because when I’m alone they can comfort me and play with me. I’m thankful for my grandma because she understands when my parents don’t.

  I’m thankful for all my pets because they bring me joy and companionship. I’m thankful for my grandpa, even though he’s gone, I am still thankful for him. I am thankful of how lucky I am to be living the life I do.

— Madalyn Levell


  I am blessed with everything I have, from the clothes I wear to the food I eat. That also means I’m thankful for all this, too. I’m thankful that I have a caring and loving family. Without them I wouldn’t be as blessed as I am. They work hard everyday so we can have everything we need.

  I’m just thankful to have alive and healthy. Some kinds are not even that lucky. For all the sports I play and all the teacher that teach me. Even for this pencil I’m writing with. People aren’t as fortunate to get things, but my family is — so I’m very grateful for that.

  Anything that I’ve gotten the opportunity to do I’ve bee grateful for. Some go to bed cold or hungry, so I’m very thankful that I don’t have to worry. Another thing is my family’s support and encouragement. They have always helped me through my journey through life. I could go on and one about each of every little thing; but I just wanted to say that I’m very thankful and blessed.

— Courtney Higgins


  What am I thankful for? This is a question kids and adults get asked everyday. But do people really sit and think what they’re really thankful for? Do they ask themselves, “What am I thankful for? Who made me who I am? What helps me become me?” I asked myself these questions, and here’s what I cam up with.

  First is family. They put me and my brother first in everything they do. They make sure we have what we need before they get what they need. They make all of their decisions around us. How is it going to affect us? Will it make us mad? These are questions that ask themselves everyday. Second are my friends. They are a big part of why I’m who I am. I’m with them seven hours a day, five days a week. Plus all of the weekends we spend at each other’s houses. I’m with my friends almost as much as my family.

  These people affect my life greatly, and without them I wouldn’t be who I am. I wouldn’t be in 4-H or ever have the abilities to do these things without these people in my life. I’m so very thankful for these people and everything they’ve done for me in my life.

— Emily Miller