Season of Gratitude

by John Holt on Nov 18, 2016

in Team & Family

As we celebrate Thanksgiving next week, members of our Regional Services Team share what they are most thankful for and their favorite memories. Thank you being part of the KIPP Team & Family!  

My co-workers who are also my best friends. They are there WHENEVER I need them and we support each other all the time.

–Valerie Salas

I am thankful for my new KIPP family. Whenever I need something, I know I can count on them to help me get through it. Whether it’s work, or personal they are always there. And they are extremely supportive, positive and just awesome people to work with and for.

–Amanda Holland

I am incredibly thankful for my son. He's had asthma since he was a toddler and has been hospitalized a few times for complications like pneumonia. He's a kind-hearted kid who loves baseball, and I'm grateful for the young man he is becoming.

–Sonya Ramirez

Family – both biological and adoptive families.

–Samuel Lopez

I am most thankful for being allowed by God to go to sleep in my own bed at night, after having survived stage 4 lymphoma. I spent many days in a hospital bed, in some cases in a coma, and afterward being virtually incapable of moving because of muscle atrophy.

 –Joseph Reynolds

My family for loving me unconditionally.

 –Cheska Allen

I am Thankful for my family, friends, and the gift of life.

–Christina Levine

I'm most thankful for my family. They are a reminder of God's goodness to me.

–John Montgomery

I am particularly thankful for my family. They are truly the cornerstone of my life. Without them, I have no idea where I would be. They are my best friends, my soulmates and I am so blessed to be tied to them in this life.

–Bertilda Lacy

My 8-year-old daughter as I see so much potential personally for her and for her to build a better tomorrow.

–Eric Kot

Fried turkey because it's not so dry anymore. Thanks turkey deep fryer.

–Noe Romo

For my kids! They are my everything.

–Esmeralda Zamarron

I'm most thankful for the tireless work of our teachers and school leaders. They work incredibly hard to ensure that our students are safe, cared for, learning and growing.

–Sharon Foley

Family. I am thankful for my family, because they are supportive, loving, and kind. My family encourages me to grow and to be true to myself. They are my support group and my cheerleaders. I'm blessed to have them.

–LaTonya Hodge

I am most thankful for family and friends who provide me with joy and love, plus grace on those days when I mess up!

–Deedrah Harp

I am most thankful for my family because they support me through all of my highest and lowest moments.

–John Holt

The opportunity to impact the lives of KIPPsters, big AND little.

–Andreya Sampy

Favorite Thanksgiving Memory:

Serving hot meals at the Salvation Army with my parents and sister in Waco when I was in college.

–Chris Gonzalez

Seeing four generations of the ladies in my family preparing our holiday meal together.  It was 2006 and the last Thanksgiving my grandmother was with us.

–Cathy Flaniken

Sitting around the table and everyone going around saying what they’re thankful for.

–Tamagary Puente

Being the designated turkey carver.

–Joseph Reynolds

My father singing "Santa Lucia" after dinner, as we all sat around chatting, singing and sharing stories.

–Lisa Puccinelli

Eating mole with my Dad - because he hates turkey. :)

–Jovanny Orellana

My younger brother was born Thanksgiving 2001 :-) turkey baby.

–Audrey A. Kelly

My favorite Thanksgiving memory goes back to my middle school years.  All of my grandaunts and my grandmother would bring all families together for one huge Thanksgiving meal (potluck style).  Hundreds of family members would attend.  By the end of the night, we would all sing and dance in unison, for hours. I miss those days.

–Dayna Sanders

We moved a lot when I was growing up, so as long as my familly was together, we enjoyed Thanksgiving. Now that I'm older, I am looking forward to sharing my son's first Thanksgiving with his grandparents!

–Jennifer Dewhirst

Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV.

–Laurie Bieber

Growing up we would always go out to eat for Thanksgiving. Sounds un-Thanksgiving I know, but it allowed everyone the chance to enjoy the meal and hangout together before and after without anyone worrying about cooking and cleaning.

–Sarah Brock

Hanging with my crazy family. Dancing, singing, jokes, laughing and a ton of food.

–Tiffany Moody

About 10 years ago, my sister and I took over the cooking for Thanksgiving because my mom would make tamales, but we wanted turkey and all the sides.

 –Lupita Talley

That one time the Texans played on Thanksgiving and won :)

–Michael Norton