Northeast Family Learning Night Has Holiday Flair

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Northeast Elementary School’s annual Winter Family Learning Night combined academics with character education while adding a holiday twist. About 50 students in pre-K and kindergarten attended the evening event with their families on Dec. 13.

Stations throughout the gymnasium were staffed by teachers and volunteers from the National Junior Honor Society at Edmund W. Miles Middle School. Children filled bags with hot chocolate and marshmallows, then decorated them to look like reindeer, to send to troops. They wrapped books for needy children and made cards for heroes.

They were then greeted by a mystery reader, Principal Dr. Pauline Collins, who read “The Missing Mitten Mystery.” Shortly after, Santa arrived to pose for photos and hand out candy canes. Children then had the opportunity to make reindeer cookies using frosting, pretzels and marshmallows.

Teacher Tina Smith, who coordinated the event, said the purpose of the night was to further develop the relationship between the school and its families, and provide parents and their children with fun yet meaningful activities to do together. Students also learned about generosity and the importance of giving to others.