Word of the Month for July - Cooperation
August 4, 2014
Board of Education Meeting
Golding Middle School Library at 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 11, 2012
Polar Express food drive a success
"The Polar Express reminds children and adults alike that the world is full of wonder — all one must do is look for it, listen, and believe." — From Polar Express
Members of Ryder Elementary’s newly formed Building Leadership Team (BLT) — whose purpose is to organize activities that support education, the sense of school community, and family involvement — hosted a successful school-wide food drive and activities with a “Polar Express” theme throughout the month of December.
Students practiced the word of the month, which was “caring,” by donating non-perishable canned foods. Food was collected in each classroom in a “train car” box decorated by the students. By the end of the collection, just about every classroom had filled their box at least twice, and Ryder School was able to donate more than 20 well-packed, large boxes to a local collection site.
Students also enjoyed a day of holiday fun on the last day before winter break. The day started with an assembly in the small gym, which included a reflection on the food drive before being treated to a reading of “The Polar Express.”
After the story, students each received a bell and a ticket to ride the train. Conductor Shaw took students on a “Polar Express” train ride through a tunnel to the North Pole (big gym). Kids were welcomed by a wonderfully decorated entrance as they entered the gym. There, they were surprised with holiday music by the high school chorus and band as well as a visit from the Exchange Club Santa, complete with a goody bag.
The afternoon activities a were also a big hit. Activity stations available included some holiday stories (including a Readers Theater) with crafts, winter movement activities in the gym as well as the opportunity to board the train, complete with hot cocoa and cookies served by chefs (just like in the book) as they watched a virtual trip past wonderfully decorated houses.
The BLT thanks families for their support and the parent volunteers for helping make the day a great success.
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