Dear Lauralton Hall Friends,
Next Thursday, November 24, we celebrate Thanksgiving. All across America, we gather with people we love to give thanks to God for the blessings in our lives.
At the same time, we face tough economic times in our nation, our world, and our State. It would be easy to give way to worries about the economy and all our uncertainties and simply say that we don't have much to be thankful for this year, then sit down, eat turkey, and watch football.
This year, it is even more important that we remember that first Thanksgiving. On December 26, 1620, in what would become Plymouth, Massachusetts, the Pilgrims joined with their new Native American neighbors to express thanks for having survived their first winter. Half of the colonists had died, and without the support of these friends, all would have perished.
Especially in tough times, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to realize that we have much for which we can be thankful. This truly American holiday allows us to focus on our blessings and the freedoms we enjoy.
It is inspiring for me to see so many of our Lauralton Hall students, assisted by faculty, working in their many community service projects and clubs to make this world a better place. I thank them for their contributions during this holiday season and all throughout the year.
I wish each of you a joyous and peaceful Thanksgiving. Enjoy the company of your loved ones and friends.....and take a moment to remember those whose blessings are fewer.
Antoinette Iadarola, Ph.D.
President, Lauralton Hall