Many of us, teens and adults included, sometimes take for granted the people in our lives and the assistance and joy they give us. We sometimes turn a blind eye to those things that give purpose to our lives.

Often times, the holiday season, which for many people begins with the Thanksgiving Day celebration, reminds us to take care to remember all that we’ve been given. It’s also the time of year to remember that the simplest joys in life – spending time with family, enjoying good health and sharing with others – are also the greatest joys in life.  

The Scoop reporters asked students from different schools what they are grateful for this Thanksgiving and a few other questions. Here’s what they had to say:

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season?

Zariah Atalig, 3rd grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “I am thankful for my parents for letting me study in Santa Barbara because other people couldn’t afford attending this school.”

Christopher Tamayo, 5th grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “I am thankful for Jesus Christ for giving up his life for us.”

Michael Milanez, 4th grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “I am thankful for my mom because she takes care of me and feeds me. I am thankful for my dad because he helps me with my homework.”

Mikaela Ramos, 5th grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “I am thankful for my family and God. I also look up to my brother Blayse who helps me every day.”

Connor Canos, 5th grade, Adacao Elementary School: “I am thankful for having a family that takes care of me and loves me.”

Ariana Dhanraj, 5th grade, Adacao Elementary School: “For all the wonderful opportunities I have gotten, and my education.”

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned this year?

Mikaela Ramos, 5th grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “Each person is created in the image and likeness of God. They deserve the same respect.”

Zariah Atalig, 3rd grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “It would be social studies and math. I can always learn from my mistakes and my teachers. When I grow up, I want to study biography.”

Mika Borja, 4th grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “In religion, my teacher taught me that whatever we do and whatever we ask for, God will provide.”

Jayshabel Tabios, 4th grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “I learned in religion class how to thank others.”

What is one thing you really love to do as a family?

Zariah Atalig, 3rd grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “One thing I love to do with my family is traveling to places where my dad takes us on vacation during summer.”

Christopher Tamayo, 5th grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “I love going out with my family to watch movies on Sundays after I finish all of my homework.”

What are the things that make you smile?

Mikaela Ramos, 5th grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “When my friends help me through hard times and when I’m sad. They always boost me up with confidence.”

Zariah Atalig, 3rd grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “When my dad makes jokes all the time and when he tickles me. When I was in K4, I was really happy when my mom said that she passed her nursing test.”

Michael Milanez, 4th grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “When I play with my friends, when we make jokes together, when we play a board game like Monopoly.”

Mika Borja, 4th grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “Whenever when I’m with my family having fun, whenever I’m with my friends who make me laugh, and whenever I see a rainbow.”

What are you grateful about your school?

Christopher Tamayo, 5th grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “I am grateful for the teachers who spend the day and teach us our lessons. They could have been doing something else.”

Jayshabel Tabios, 4th grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “I am thankful for my friends when they let me copy their notes for science when I couldn’t do it. I am also grateful for my teachers and the great cafeteria food we have here." 

What is your message to people about gratitude, especially in this Thanksgiving season?

Mika Borja, 4th grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “To always remember that people help you and God is always there to help you. Be thankful for what you have because not everyone are not that fortunate.”

Mikaela Ramos, 5th grade, Santa Barbara Catholic School: “Remember that each blessing comes from God, and that these blessings are the things that you should be thankful for.”

What is your favorite part about Thanksgiving?

Joseph Iwashita, 5th grade, Adacao Elementary School: “Gathering with family and friends while eating a bunch of food.”

Cyrish Conducto, 5th grade, Adacao Elementary School: “My life, my family, friends, and the food.”

What do you enjoy the most about this season?

Mikhayla Marquez, 5th grade, Adacao Elementary School: “The weather, because it’s cozy.”

Ariana Dhanraj, 5th grade, Adacao Elementary School: “I love the weather because it's full of seasonal colors with a relaxed vibe.”

What does your family do for Thanksgiving?

Ariana Dhanraj, 5th grade, Adacao Elementary School: “Eat a lot of food.”

Mikhayla Marquez, 5th grade, Adacao Elementary School: “We have a big party with all of our relatives and eat and party.”

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