On November 22, the Ross Lower School community gathered to feast and give thanks in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Parents Association (PA) sponsored the annual event, decorating the Field House and serving the delicious food prepared by the Ross Café. Students also contributed to the festive atmosphere, as each child had written the things they were grateful for on construction paper leaves that adorned a tree standing among the dining tables.
Following a video montage of expressions of gratitude, filmed by Media Studies teacher Cortney Propper, students and their family members were treated to a visit from the Shinnecock Nation Dancers, guests of honor invited to participate in the feast. The group of dancers, which included Ross students Autumn Coard, Kendall Coard, and SaNaya Morris, performed several traditional dances accompanied by a ceremonial drum, before inviting all of the students to join in a Friendship Dance.
After the performance, students sat with friends and family to share their meal before being dismissed for Thanksgiving break. Special thanks go out to all who helped bring the community together for this impressive event, including Lower School PA President Genie Egerton-Warburton, parents Bill and Ann Stewart, and Elizabeth Yektai, who was instrumental in arranging for the performance by the Shinnecock.