Thank you to Lindsey Hicks Tate at the American Community School (http://www.acsamman.edu.jo/) for finding us on the internet, bringing the project to your school, and sharing the outcome with us. We are all on this journey together:
“There is a lot to be thankful for on a daily basis. Here in Amman, Jordan there are daily reminders of how lucky we are to be with our family and friends in a safe environment. Some of our students have experienced the turmoil in this region firsthand and those who may have encountered it second hand still feel as though they too had a firsthand experience.
The Gratitude Graffiti Project was a huge success at ACS. It was an easy but thoughtful way for students to reflect and identify what it was they were thankful for and why. On our bulletin board we put up the phrase, ‘Gratitude, turns what we have into enough.’ This led to a lot of impromptu discussions in the hallway about all the things that are lives are consumed by and whether or not we need them or are just lucky to have them and what life would be like without them. Needless to say there were many mixed emotions and great conversations to eavesdrop in on or engage in.
As we took the board down this week, (it has been up since December) the students asked when we would be putting it back up. So we have decided to take our Gratitude Graffiti to the windows outside our principal’s office so that it can continue for the rest of the school year.
The students and teachers of ACS would like to say thank you for bringing such a simple idea to life. We have had a wonderful experience publicly expressing our gratitude and will do so for the rest of this year and most likely many years to come.
Sending love and light… – in Amman, Jordan.” ~ Lindsey Hicks Tate