Houston schoolchildren get in Christmas spirit

awoolen@macon.comDecember 25, 2013 

  • Best part of Christmas

    The Sun News asked Tucker Elementary School students in the Lighthouse Club to finish the sentence: “My favorite part of Christmas is ...” Here’s a sampling of what they said.

    “Sometimes I get all the stuff I want.” — Caroline Alligood, second grade
    “Giving to people in need.” — Abigail Hancock, fifth grade
    “That baby Jesus was born.” — Isabella Molina, fourth grade
    “Being with my whole family and being together.” — Natalie Wisekal, fourth grade
    “The family get together.” — D’Najhala Martin, fourth grade
    “Celebrating Jesus’ birthday.” — Larson Alligood, fourth grade “I like putting up the tree for Christmas.” — Dillon Partain, fourth grade

Pajama Day was a theme throughout Houston County schools during the weeks leading up to Christmas break.

Preschoolers at Eagle Springs Elementary School in Centerville celebrated Dec. 13 with a visit from the Polar Express, a magical train headed toward the North Pole. “The Polar Express” book by Chris Van Allsburg was turned into a movie starring Tom Hanks in 2004.

Tony Disalri converted his Air Force dress uniform into a conductor’s uniform.

His shouting of, “All aboard!” and, “Hot chocolate!” captured the spirit of the movie.

Stacy Pittman’s pre-kindergarten class has been watching the movie and reading the book for the four years she has been there.

“They couldn’t be more excited,” Pittman said.

On the south end of the county, students at Tucker Elementary School wore pajamas to school on Friday.

The Lighthouse Club, a group of student leaders at the school, was tasked with feeding the homeless this year. Through the efforts of the 30 students, the school collected more than 250 cans of tomato soup to be donated to Perry Volunteer Outreach.

The club is comprised of second- through fifth-graders who want to make a difference in the community.

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