School News – December 20, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Christmas Is Coming
Students at St. Helen School are preparing for the birth of Christ in various and exciting ways. While trying to keep the atmosphere calm and peaceful, teachers and staff are working to get much accomplished for this very important and holy day. Fifth through eighth-graders adopted four families to supply their Christmas needs.
St. Helen students worked with Sister Kathleen Ruddy, director of the Legacy Project, a program that tutors adults who are learning to read and obtain their GED, based in the city of Cleveland. Students provided everything on their wish lists plus food baskets to supply the adult students with gifts for their families. Sr. Kathleen spoke to each class about the family it adopted and stressed the importance of taking education seriously.
The students learned that there is more joy in giving then in receiving as they thought about what gifts would make their adopted families happy. They plan to continue this program and partner with the Legacy project into the future.
Younger students in kindergarten through grade four collected wrapping paper and scotch tape for Hide A Way Hallow, the Santa of Middlefield, who provides Christmas for terminally ill children throughout the year all over the country.
They also worked hard on "A King is Coming," a Christmas musical that explains that the true King of Heaven and Earth is Jesus, the Lord. Music director Annemarie Wenner worked with each class to learn new music and dramatic roles.
The musical featured each class as well as soloists Madeline Scarvelli and Tess Ruggeri. They learned "In All Things," a song in sign language from Mrs. Joyce Strmen that will make every parent and grandparent cry with joy.
The musical presentation was videotaped by Mr. Pete Strmen of Viewpoint Media Group in Burton and can be viewed by contacting St. Helen School at 440-564-7125.