On new Thankful Thursdays, Burrillville students, teachers express gratitude


BURRILLVILLE – A new Broncos tradition aimed at highlighting some of the positive things that happen at Burrillville schools has teachers and students publicly expressing their gratitude every week.

In early October, “Thankful Thursdays,” began, with white boards marked with the Broncos logo placed at every Burrillville school. The erasable signs for each school were produced by graphics students at the high school.

Students and teachers have been asked to write something they’re thankful for, and photos of the authors holding the board are published on various social media.

“Our hope is that this will raise awareness about some of the things that happen on a daily basis at all of our schools,” said Supt. Michael Sollitto while introducing the idea to School Committee members earlier this month.

A post on Twitter by Burrillville High School Assistant Principal Ashley Pleau Crenca shows four pictures of students holding varying signs with messages such as, “Mrs. Staples, Thank you for being there even when I was a pain and obnoxious,” and “Mrs. Crenca, Thanks for being awesome”

At Callahan Elementary School a student wrote, “I am thankful for family,” in a photo posted on the school’s Twitter account.

“Dr. Whaley and I came up with the idea as we were discussing ways to promote all the great things happening in our schools,” Sollitto told NRI NOW. 

Burrillville Middle School Principal Katie Johnston Lord posted a picture showing six students holding a board with various kind messages for teachers.

Steere Farm Elementary, the new program was used to acknowledge longtime School Resource Officer Dave Beauchemin with a sign reading, “I am thankful for officer Beauchmin. He is super helpful to us at SFE.”

School Committee member Dorothy Cardon noted that the younger students may have some amusing ideas for the board.

“I can’t wait to see some of their responses,” said Cardon.

“The younger kids get a kick out of it. It’s a lot of fun,” agreed Sollitto. “We look forward to keeping that as a tradition here.”

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