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Students, community spread holiday cheer

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Beth Trimble, director of communications

DESOTO – DeSoto ISD students, staff and the community are especially giving during the holiday season. We have heard and seen about many blessings bestowed upon others by our DeSoto family, sometimes with benefit to our DeSoto family, and graciously accepted many gifts from the community for our students.

Over the past several weeks, DeSoto schools have held canned food drives, adopted angels from district, church and local giving trees for less-fortunate children and families, held holiday parties that covered a variety of cultural festivities and generally reached out to others to spread the holiday cheer. This last week of school that spreading of cheer is in high gear!

On Dec. 14, the district held a Christmas Party for students based on current homeless status that included a gifts (most donated by Wal-Mart in DeSoto), a visit with Santa Claus, a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, singing Christmas carols and enjoying cookies and punch.

Dece.16 took on a particularly festive mood as the Cockrell Hill Elementary choir, rhythm band and leadership group visited several locations singing Christmas carols.

Stops included the Park Manor Nursing Home, the DeSoto ISD Instructional Support Center, Albertson’s and City Hall.

Earlier that morning, Amber Terrace Elementary was given over 100 pairs of gloves for students by the group Sisterhood Helping Hands.

This small group of ladies, including Board Trustee Sharon Sternes, have also made various donations to nursing homes and other groups about town.

Amber Terrace staff will distribute the gloves on Friday during a visit from Santa and his elves.

Students get to wear pajamas, read a favorite book and drink hot chocolate while taking turns visiting with St. Nick. The school staff will also donate six Christmas trees to school families on Thursday as part of the Team Spirit staff competition.

Many other activities have taken place across the district and throughout the town to help families in and around DeSoto. We thank all involved for their generosity and kindness!

PHOTOS

Gloves delivered

- Members of the Sisterhood Helping Hands group, Sharon Sternes and Ruth Payne, delivered a tub of over 100 pairs of gloves to students at Amber Terrace Elementary.

Angel tree

- One of the six trees decorated by Amber Terrace Elementary staff, this angel tree and the others will be delivered to selected school families December 17. Staff teams decorated each themed tree.

Handbells

- Cockrell Hill Elementary students displayed their new instrument skills. Students played Jingle Bells on the hand bells for the DeSoto ISD instructional support center staff.

Choir

- Cockrell Hill choir students sang several Christmas carols during their annual performance.

Xylophones

- Students performed two instrumental carols as well showing off their ability to play different instruments and how much they have learned in just a few months.


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