Young Students Share Holiday Plans and Wishes

by Julie Makarewicz

Kindergarteners Taliya Dauser (left) and Hailey Harrison work on their Christmas crafts

Kelsey McKenney twisted a piece of red tissue paper around a pencil’s eraser, dipped it in glue and stuck it on a paper plate. She repeated the process over and over, alternating red and green pieces, until she had a paper plate Christmas wreath.

“It’s fun and it’s easy,” said the kindergartener at Sparta’s Ridgeview Elementary School.

Kindergartener Kelsey McKenney makes a colorful holiday wreath

Teamed with National Junior Honor Society students from the middle school, the kindergarteners spent their last day of school before break in a variety of fun holiday activities.

Ridgeview Principal Marialyce Zeerip said it was a good way to spend the day, and gave younger students a chance to interact with older ones. “They look up to them a lot,” she said. “It’s nice to have that kind of interaction, and the older students do such a good job.”

Older students read Christmas stories, then teams made crafts, played games, wrote their own Christmas books and even dashed off last-minute letters to Santa. All said they had big plans for what they wanted to do during their time off school.

  • “I want to make sugar cookies, and make presents with my mom, and go to my grandma’s” – Broeklyn Tyers
  • “I love making Christmas tree cookies with mints inside” – Brooklyn Van Natter
  • “I want to go roller skating, because it’s fun and I went with my cousin once” – Kelsey McKenney
  • “I like making cookies and eating them” – Morgan Emery
  • “I want to go shopping — shopping for presents” – Michelle Hollomon

Students also shared what they did and didn’t want to see under the Christmas tree, from roller skates to SpongeBob soap, computer tablets to sea horses.

The one common request from many of the students: snow.

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