EDUCATION: Christmas service – Students give to others before holiday break

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Before leaving for Christmas break, students in Northeast Mississippi schools celebrated the holiday in various ways.
Pupils at Shannon High, Mooreville Elementary and Lawndale Elementary schools were among those who were inspired by the Christmas spirit to give to others.
Jana Comer’s 10th-grade English II class at Shannon High School created appreciation ornaments for the soldiers of the Army National Guard’s 102nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. Comer designed the lesson after she learned her best friend, Jessi Ann McCormick, awaits deployment to Afghanistan.
Extending the semester thematic unit on “courage,” the students designed their ornaments based on their reflections on a quote about courage. They also wrote letters to soldiers in McCormick’s company.
Fourth-graders in Erin Watson’s and Jessica Everett’s classes at Mooreville Elementary donated money to a “Christmas Giving” fund instead of spending money on a gift for classmates who already have so much. The 48 students in the two classes raised more than $450 for the organization Samaritan’s Purse. Their gift will provide dairy animals, fruit trees, baby chicks, mosquito nets, sports gear, hot meals and other gifts to needy children.
Lawndale Challenge students participated in the Children Learning And Understand Service, or C.L.A.U.S., project for the second year. They adopted three organizations – The American Cancer Society, The American Diabetes Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lee County – and raised $930 that will be among them.
The students also researched specific ways the agencies benefit mankind, as well as the underlying cause of problems, their implications for a larger society and strategies for addressing those needs.
They raised the money by designing and making various crafts. Participating were challenge students of third-grade teacher Katie Moore, fourth-grade teacher Janie Tuner and fifth-grade teacher Sally Amos.
chris.kieffer@journalinc.com