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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Memories at Raymond L.Young

Many folks say that Christmas is a special time of year at R. L. Young. As I pondered this statement, I am reminded that the traditions we celebrate as a school makes it true. The focus of the season is about celebrating relationships, letting students know they are all special to us, and finding ways to make the world a better place.

One cannot help but "catch" the holiday spirit from the decorations hung by Mr. Jemison, Mrs. Diane, and our lunchbunch. If their efforts don't get to you, the student-made ornaments that quickly appear on the trees will warm your heart.
Our lunchroom staff known as the "Lunchbunch" never misses an opportunity to fill our stomaches with yummy food and put smiles on our faces.
The regular curriculum is followed along with fun extra activities. Students this year focused more on giving to others than receiving gifts for themselves, which is portrayed in these first grade writings. The 1st ever Toy Drive led by 5th and 6th grade was a huge success. We were all excited to load up two vehicles with toys headed toward First Family Services.

Creating a gingerbread house gave first graders hands-on experience with symmetry, creativity, following directions, and having fun. The patience of Mrs. Bittle, Mrs. Brooks, Ms. Porter, and a handful of dedicated parents made this project possible. The creations were detailed and beautiful.

The R. L. Young Christmas season was filled with holiday music during the 6th grade program and at our annual Sing-A-Long. All faculty, staff, and students were invited to participate. This year first grader, Carolyn H. sang a solo as Dr. Buck from Central Office played the flute. This performance was heartwarming. Superintendent, Dr. Joanne Horton and Mr. Campbell, Assistant Superintendent joined in the fun.

Sixth graders rapped "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and kindergarteners led the singing of Feliz Navidad. The kindergarten classes, after completing a Christmas Around the World unit of study, traveled to a local mexican restaurant (Margarita's) to have their party. This creative way of teaching will stay in the minds and hearts of our kinders forever.

Before leaving, these sharp 5 and 6 year olds wished all of the employees a "Merry Christmas" by singing Feliz Navidad!
The Talladega Police Department surprised students with a visit from Santa and McGruff the Crime Dog. Thanks for your support throughout the year.

Being surrounded by children at the holiday season reminds us what is important not only at Christmas, but all during the year...

spending time with those we care about, letting people know how important they are to us, and remembering to make the world a better place to live.

R. L. Young is looking forward to a brand new year and many more celebrations!

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