During our High School Ecumenical Thanksgiving service, Joan Ricca, a beloved music teacher at Nardin for 40 years, shared her thoughts about what she is thankful for.
“I love my Nardin family. Our administrators, teachers, our security staff, dining hall staff, maintenance and custodial staff, each and every one of the people who make this school such a special place,” she said. “But most of all, I love you. The students. You give me joy every single day,” she added.
Joan’s touching tribute about her many years as an Elementary and High School teacher was part of the annual High School Thanksgiving service. The service celebrates the Nardin community and the many faiths represented. It was just one of the many functions held across the Academy to mark this year's Thanksgiving holiday.
At Nardin's West Ferry Campus, the Montessori Toddler children had fun making applesauce using six pounds of apples. The Klee Room made stuffing, Monet cooked mashed potatoes, Matisse buttered bread and Montessori Principal Mrs. Whitlock prepared seven turkey breasts for Tuesday's Thanksgiving lunch.
The Montessori Elementary students made their own bread and butter and the Lower School first and second graders studied the history and holiday of Thanksgiving before sharing a meal. The third graders also came together for a lunch last week after joining the entire Lower and Middle School student body for a Thanksgiving prayer service.
Throughout all of Nardin Academy, these special Thanksgiving celebrations brought students, faculty and staff together to break bread and provide an opportunity to express gratitude for each other and what is important.
As Joan said, “Over the past 40 years at Nardin, I have learned professionally and personally. I have learned the importance of a good education, that friendships are invaluable and are to be cherished, to respect myself and others, and how to forgive.”
And, as many students got ready to walk out the doors of Nardin to start Thanksgiving break with their families and friends, she added: “For, each and everyone of you is an amazing individual and I am blessed to be able to share my home here at Nardin with you. God bless you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.”