Students learn being thankful makes their happiness skyrocket

Ryan Winner, 12, of Edinburg, left, and Kameron Bowers, 12, of Woodstock, right, both of Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, create thank-you cards for loved ones. Kaley Toy/Daily

WOODSTOCK – Seventh graders at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School wrote thank-you cards for friends and family this week, telling them how thankful they are for what they do.

Nora Fletcher, multiculturalism teacher, and Jennifer Payne, theater teacher, brought their classes together on Friday to create cards for those they want to thank for being a part of their lives.

Payne told students that being thankful is “the main thing that makes your brain light up like a Christmas tree and your happiness skyrockets.”

She showed a video to the students about how feeling gratitude and expressing that gratitude makes your brain happy.

The students then got crafty and colored in festive pumpkins and turkeys on thank you cards that they would give to loved ones.

Kameron Bowers, 12, of Woodstock, and Ryan Winner, 12, of Edinburg, created cards thanking their family.

Jasmine Jimenez, 12, of Edinburg, created a card for her friend.

“She is always there for me,” she said.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com