Wednesday, November 10, 2010

After School Students Participate in Noel November

(L-R) Fayetteville Intermediate students Alex Yelverton, Porter Sherrit and Whitney Hayes hang Victorian ornaments that students made from discarded pieces of jewelry. 

Christmas is just around the corner and the holiday spirit is filling the air as students in the Fayette County Public Schools After School Program (ASP) get ready for Noel November.

Three ASPs are participating in the annual fundraiser sponsored by the Fayette County Board of Realtors: Robert J. Burch Elementary, Fayetteville Intermediate and Huddleston Elementary.

Each program has donated a tree decorated with ornaments made by students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The trees will be sold at a silent auction on November 13 with proceeds going to benefit The Joseph Sams School, the Breast Cancer Survivors Network, Embracing Military Families, and Promise Place.

The trees were decorated to reflect a specific theme. The one from Robert J. Burch, “It’s a Beary Awesome Christmas,” features teddy bears with scarves knitted by the students.

Huddleston’s “Topping the Charts” tree has spinning top toy ornaments dangling from its branches along with CDs painted to resemble old 45-rpm records. Wrapping the bottom is a poodle skirt decorated with finger-knitted poodle-clipped dogs.

Fayetteville Intermediate went back in time with “A Victorian Christmas” showcasing handmade ornaments from discarded pieces of jewelry along side snowflake doilies and paper dolls. The students conducted research about the Victorian era and learned that in those times people wasted nothing, even old jewelry, which they recycled into ornaments.

“Community service is one of the components of the After School Program philosophy,” says Julia Simpson, the program director. “We know that out-of–school time is as important to children’s growth and development as time spent in the classroom. The after school curriculum is designed to compliment the educational component with a focus on character, health and fitness, and, most importantly, extended learning. This project enabled us to not only learn about other eras, but also was an opportunity to be part of a community effort to help others.”

Photo Source:  Fayette County Board of Education

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