On November 27, 2019, ALAIS students, parents, and teachers celebrated the American traditional holiday Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is an important family holiday in the US, when families gather from around the country to give thanks for everything in their lives.
The ALAIS Student Council, the Parents Committee, and the school worked closely together to celebrate and give thanks with a festive Thanksgiving feast. Students, parents, and teachers divided into cooking teams to prepare traditional dishes like turkey, beef, pork, vegetables, mashed potatoes, and salad.
Under the leadership of executive chef Tom Zhang (grade 12), students selected the recipes, set the menu, and visited Metro supermarket the day before the event to purchase all of the ingredients. Parents brought cooking appliances and utensils and their own cooking expertise to contribute to the overall success of the Thanksgiving celebration.
Before the feast, Principal Holt introduced the origin of the Thanksgiving holiday – a day during colonial America when the Native Americans brought a meal to a community of Europeans who were struggling to grow enough food to feed themselves. Principal Holt then offered his own thanks for his family and being a part of the ALAIS community, and then asked teachers and Director Ye to share what they are most thankful for.
During the meal, students, parents, and teachers were encouraged to tell one another what they are thankful for while feasting on they turkey, sirloin, vegetables, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, and an assortment of other desserts, all prepared by them.
At ALAIS, we all consider ourselves a big family, and Thanksgiving gave us the opportunity to gather from all parts of the country and world to celebrate Thanksgiving and give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives. The celebration demonstrated how smoothly and effectively the ALAIS family – students, parents, and teachers – work together to celebrate this important American tradition.