At Thanksgiving, and every day, we reflect on our many reasons to be grateful. We are thankful—for each other, for a supportive and academically rich community, and for the countless opportunities our traditions create. And so, during the holiday season, BASIS Charter School students, teachers, and families focus on giving back, through friendship and service.
We are thankful for families and friends who support our efforts and celebrate our successes. The encouragement of parents and peers gives students an immeasurable advantage. And our students love to show their thanks in creative ways. During this season, primary students are practicing for their winter fine arts showcases, and kindergarten classes are treating their families to special holiday performances and pie feasts.
The BASIS Charter School Curriculum is challenging, and demands hard work, but BASIS Charter School students know that we can all achieve more together. Our teachers encourage students to share perspectives, discuss, and collaborate with peers. And in supporting each other, they have a great advantage—a school culture that promotes character, respect, and success.
This culture also extends beyond the classroom, and at times beyond the campus. Many of our older students take time to motivate and mentor younger students, showing them the ropes to reach high standards. BASIS Charter School students at different campuses in the Phoenix area are connecting through a pen pal project, meeting and corresponding with each other, to extend and strengthen supportive bonds in the BASIS community.
Of course, it is our teachers who make the magic happen. They share the knowledge and excitement that inspires learning. So, each fall, BASIS Charter School students network-wide get creative planning and taking part in a Fall Week of Giving on our campuses. Students often team up with Booster parents to plan fun and funny ways to show their school pride and raise funds to thank their teachers.
And in the spirit of gratitude, BASIS Charter Schools throughout the network also reach out to the greater community. Students and Booster volunteers organize donation drives to benefit local communities, collecting items like clothing, books, pencils, food, candy, and cards of encouragement for neighbors throughout the Valley with various needs—as they spread the spirit of thankfulness and giving.