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AISS Students Learn About, Celebrate Thanksgiving

American International School System students, in Lahore, Pakistan, celebrated and learned about Thanksgiving with a variety of events and projects that focused on the values of the unique American holiday, from helping those in need, to observing historical traditions established by the Pilgrims on the first Thanksgiving.

A final event, The AISS Thanksgiving / Eid Milan Celebration, gave students an opportunity to invite their parents and grandparents to visit their school on Friday, November 26th.

Dr. Munr Kazmir, AISS Founder, was not able to attend the event but forwarded the letter below which was read to those in attendance by Principal Mark Rozic.

Today, Americans are gathering with their loved ones to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. It marks a remembrance of the early American Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the uncharted ocean from Europe to make a new start in America in search of religious freedom and a better life.

The Pilgrims came to America for one reason – to form a new community. On the two-month journey of 1620, William Bradford and the other elders wrote an extraordinary charter – the Mayflower Compact. Why was it extraordinary? Because it established just laws making every member of their new community equal.

When the Pilgrims landed in the New World, they found a cold, rocky, barren, desolate wilderness. They had arrived too late to grow any crops. There were no friends to greet them. No houses to shelter them. No inns where they could refresh themselves. During the first winter, half the Pilgrims died of sickness or exposure.

The following spring the native Iroquois Indians befriended the Pilgrims and taught them how to grow corn, something the colonist never had done before. They showed them other crops to grow in the unfamiliar soil and how to hunt and fish. As a result, the Pilgrims soon found they had more food than they could eat themselves.

In the autumn of 1621, plentiful crops of corn, barley, beans and pumpkins were harvested. The colonists had much to be thankful for, so a feast was planned.

Americans look back on the beginnings of our democracy and recall that we live in a land of many blessings where every person has the right to live, work, and worship in freedom. We are also mindful of the need to share our gifts because our own early survival was dependent on others.

This is the lesson of Thanksgiving, to gather in unity. It is refreshing and invigorating when people come together, in celebration of a common purpose. It is a reconciliation of differences as well as a time of healing. In sharing our victories as well as our struggles, we find strength and hope. There is a road that leads to peace, and its name is “thanksgiving.”

As I reflect on the many things for which I am thankful, I want to take this opportunity to share just a few of them with you: I am thankful for our students who come to school every day ready to learn – you give us all a daily reminder of what is important and why we are here. I am thankful for the support of the parents in creating an outstanding partnership for our students. I am thankful for the teachers, support staff, and administrators who really care about student achievement and have the best interests of every student at heart. I am also thankful our volunteers who enthusiastically contribute so much to our school.

I will be thinking of each and every one of you during this season of thanks, and even though we may be separated by thousands of miles, you will be close to my heart.

See photographs of the event on Facebook.

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