Happy Thanksgiving from Adrian Talley, Acting Director

Thanksgiving DoDEA students, employees and their families around the world will pause on November 28 to celebrate Thanksgiving. This holiday has its roots in Colonial America and its meaning and importance are truly enduring. Thanksgiving is a deeply meaningful and comforting ritual that allows us to connect with those who are most important to us and express gratitude. It’s also a time when we are reminded of those who may not be with us. We keep these people in our thoughts and prayers. The gratitude we express during this season gives sense to our past, ushers peace for today and conjures a vision for the days to come. 

Thanksgiving is also a holiday about food and family and “going home.” For the students and families we serve and for our employees, “home” is found around the globe, in nearly every time zone, in countless cities, states, and countries. For many of the parents of our students, who are in harm’s way, “home” is a sacred haven and a beacon of inspiration. 

This Thanksgiving I ask that you join me in being thankful for the many opportunities we have every day to make a difference in the lives and in the future of our students. Let us also be thankful for each other – for those who teach, for those who learn, and for those who support our mission in countless ways – in the cafeteria, on the school bus, on the athletic fields, in the school administrative office or in our offices outside the schools. Let us also be thankful for and ever mindful of those who serve our nation. They truly exemplify and embody the spirit of giving and the virtue of selfless sacrifice. 

Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your support and for all you do to ensure our students learn, grow, and thrive. I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you continue to receive and treasure the blessings you so deeply deserve.