Happy Thanksgiving to Our Entire STEM Community

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Chelsea Bench, one of our STEM first-grade teachers, and Michelle Gasser, former STEM fourth-grade teacher and now head of Professional Development K-12 at STEM, were focused this week sorting the abundant donations of food from our STEM families for our annual Thanksgiving baskets given to families in need. LynAnn Kovalesky, Director of K-5, gathered gift cards to insert in the baskets for the extras needed such as a turkey and perishable items. Thirty-five families will be the recipients of these overflowing baskets that were donated to Doull Elementary within Denver Public Schools.

This STEM tradition brings us together to pool our resources to help those less fortunate. I am so grateful to the leadership of Chelsea, Michelle, and LynAnn to go beyond the demands of their grueling days to find the energy to organize the donation collection. A big thank you also to the Elementary Student Council and our aides who helped sort and make the baskets.

Thank you to our STEM families for your tremendous outpouring of donated items. Mountains of canned goods, mixes, boxed meals and so much more will not only feed families in need but send a message of hope that others care for them during this season of Thanksgiving.

My Thanksgiving is always spent preparing dinner for a multinational assortment of friends and family. Last year we followed the directive to celebrate with family only. This year we can return to our tradition. Some of the countries represented around our table are Syria, India, France, South Korea, China, UK, New Zealand, Lithuania, Pakistan, and Russia. Because I shop and cook for days to prepare the meal, I make the rule of no phones and no politics. Success is measured by the amount of laughter around the table. The conversation usually trends toward rich cultural discussions from the diverse perspectives around the table.

How will you be spending your Thanksgiving? I hope it will be with reconnecting with families and friends around the table, as that truly is a blessing. I wish you and your family a beautiful Thanksgiving week.

Before I close, I want to express my profound gratitude to STEM PTO for hosting our groundbreaking last Friday. It was such a joyful event! Next will be our ribbon-cutting event when the project is complete.

The very best wishes,

P.J. Eucker PhD
Executive Director

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