What one group of refugee girls is thankful for this Thanksgiving

Updated 5:06 PM ET, Wed November 27, 2019

(CNN)Along a short hallway on the upper floor of Decatur Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, a blue banner stretches across the wall, packed with scrawled messages of thanks and words swelling with appreciation.

The colorful scribbles belong to the 37 students at the Global Village Project, a tuition-free private school housed in the building that serves refugee girls between the ages of 11 and 18. Students at the school have been in the US for three years or less and hail from countries like Bhutan, Burma, Iraq, Syria and Somalia.
In the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, the group of girls gathered to celebrate a core value of the Global Village Project: Appreciation.

Grateful for an education

The banner was just one way they expressed their gratitude. The short messages thank their teachers and the more than 200 volunteers that work at the school.
One note reads, "I love all of my GVP teachers because they teach us so good and they are so lovely teachers. And they also teach us how to be kind for others."
Ayesha, a GVP student from Pakistan, told CNN she is incredibly grateful to be at the Global Village school because of all the years of learning she missed while in refugee camps in Thailand.
For six years, she sai