Celebrating the holidays with card, treat, gift-making

Board of Education member Marybeth Dame enjoyed spending time watching first grader Bryce Jentink attempt his idea of a making a gingerbread house
First grader Sloan Biehl takes making her holiday treat very seriously

One thing is for sure – Ridgeview Elementary students will be ready for holiday break. Last week they prepared for the holidays and celebrated with hands-on participation in a variety of traditional activities.

The local Sparta Civic Center was transformed into a holiday paradise, with stations for making a holiday card for someone special, a tasty gingerbread house and even a hand-strung necklace with a variety of colorful jewels.

While volunteers prepared lunch,parents and grandparents, community leaders and Board of Education members shared in the experience.

Mom Daniella Preuett watches as first grader Torii Preuett work on a holiday craft

The now annual event started nearly two decades ago, when now first grade teacher Megan Taylor was teaching special education. “Originally – 19 years ago –  it was meant as an activity to work on fine and gross motor skills,” she said. “But when I moved to first grade, we decided to keep it going.”

This is the first year al  kindergarten through second graders have joined in the festivities.

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Janice Holst
Janice Holst has been both a teacher and a journalist. A former MLive reporter, she wrote features and covered local government and schools for Advance Newspapers for nearly two decades. She also was a recipe columnist and wrote features for Mature Life Style and occasional entertainment pieces for On The Town magazines. She lives in Sparta Township and is thrilled to spend some of her retirement hours writing the stories of the northern Kent County school districts. Read Janice's full bio or email Janice.

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