11/22/2012 11:22 am ET Updated Jan 22, 2013

Thanksgiving In Schools: Harlem Village Academies Students Share What They're Thankful For

Every year at Thanksgiving, the Harlem Village Academies ask their students to reflect on why they are thankful.

So in the spirit of the season, enjoy their adorable and at times unexpectedly astute issues of thanks. They express thanks for their school and teachers, as well as for modern conveniences that became less given during Hurricane Sandy.

One girl has a colorful interaction with the camera -- she's still thankful, though.

Educator and national activist Deborah Kenny started the Harlem Village Academy in 2003. The academies have since expanded into several schools with hundreds of low-income and underprivileged students who are beating the odds in New York's public education system.



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