What It’s All About

Best Market always shows our littlest shoppers, patience and a shopping cart just the right size.
Best Market always shows our littlest shoppers, patience and a shopping cart just the right size.
Paraprofessional Sheila Graham helps her students stay within budget and pick out the right ingredients.
Paraprofessional Sheila Graham helps her students stay within budget and pick out the right ingredients.
Mr. Cardella, with some of his students, look to see which checkout counter has the shortest line.
Mr. Cardella, with some of his students, look to see which checkout counter has the shortest line.
Happy Thanksgiving from the heart.
Happy Thanksgiving from the heart.

Countrywood’s self-contained classes were busy in November preparing for a Thanksgiving feast. Students in Mr. Cardella’s and Ms. Grey’s classes learned about money, budgeting, purchasing and receiving change. They created a Thanksgiving menu and wrote a list of foods they would need to buy. With their grocery lists and cash in hand, the students visited Best Market grocery store in South Huntington just before Thanksgiving. They went aisle to aisle picking out their items, all while working to keep within their budget. At the checkout counter, they paid the cashier and helped bag their groceries.

Once back in the classrooms, they set about creating the perfect Thanksgiving feast. They filled large baskets with just the right ingredients and wrote Happy Thanksgiving cards for the families that would receive their baskets. Turns out, our students had also learned a lot about community and what it means to help those less fortunate in our own. So these feasts were off to one of our local food pantries just in time Thanksgiving.

For our students, giving back was what Thanksgiving was all about.