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Morris Elementary School students gathered in the gymnasium to celebrate friendship during the school's annual Friendsgiving Feast. (Photo Courtesy Lenox Public Schools)

Lenox Students Celebrate With Friendsgiving Feast

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LENOX, Mass. — Morris Elementary School students gathered together to celebrate friendship during the school's annual Friendsgiving Feast.
 
The Friendsgiving Feast – a gathering of the whole school to celebrate one another – was held on Tuesday, Nov. 21 in the Morris gymnasium.
 
"The Friendsgiving Feast was a delightful celebration, filled with warmth, joy, and a true sense of community," said Principal Kelley. "Our students reveled in the festivities, enjoying the spirit of togetherness and sharing the joy of the season."
 
Students each created their own watercolor painting of a cornucopia that they brought to the feast. Preschool students sang "I'm Thankful," a song about giving thanks for friends and family, and were met with cheers and encouragement from their peers.
 
Each grade level sat together at "tables" made from different colors of butcher block paper. Each grade brought in one snack for their peers during the feast to go along with their lunch, turkey sandwiches and pumpkin bread provided by the cafeteria.
 
Kindergarten students brought carrots, first graders contributed Teddy Grahams, second graders supplied pretzels, third graders provided grapes, and fourth graders brought apple cider.
 
Grade 5 students – the "seniors" of Morris Elementary – served the snacks to their peers in black and white outfits, a rite of passage and tradition that most kids love during their time at Morris.
 
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Zonta Club of Berkshire County Offers Scholarship

LENOX, Mass. — Applications for the 2024 Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award are now available from the Zonta Club of Berkshire County website, www.ZontaBerkshire.org.    
 
The goal of the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman's commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the empowerment of women. 
 
Applicants are asked to reflect on their voluntary commitment to their school and to their community and the problems limiting the empowerment of women in their own country and worldwide. The Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award Program looks to the young women of today to be the leaders of tomorrow. 
 
Applicants aged 16-19 studying at a high school, college or university in a Zonta district/region, or who are studying elsewhere but are citizens of a Zonta country at the time of application, are eligible to apply. Applications are due: March 15th. The Berkshire County winner will be announced by April 1  and the winning application will be forwarded on to the Zonta International Foundation for Women to complete for a $5,000 International Award. 
 
The Zonta Club of Berkshire County chartered in 1994, is an organization of Berkshire County women working together to improve the lives of girls and women locally and worldwide.  It is a not-for-profit organization that is 100 percent volunteer-run and driven.
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