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Carthage R-9 Shares the Christmas Spirit!                                  

SkillsUSA:  For the past forty-two years, Carthage Technical Center and SkillsUSA has sponsored the annual Carthage Christmas Parade.  The event is organized by R-9 students and staff and kicks off the Christmas season in downtown Carthage.  SkillsUSA also hosted a Christmas party for members.  (Photo  – parade/Christmas party)

Carthage FFA coordinates a canned food drive each year as their Christmas community service project.  Over 9,000 canned food items were collected and will be dispersed to local food pantries and elementary and high school Bright Futures programs. 

Columbian Elementary students and staff members collected 1324 cans of food in four days to support the annual FFA food drive. 

Carthage Middle School: The CMS Leadership and Service Clubs went Christmas caroling throughout Saint Luke’s Nursing Center in Carthage and handed out handmade ornaments to spread some Christmas spirit.  We even had a few residents join in the singing festivities!  (Photos – collage/caroling)

Parents As Teachers hosted a Christmas Group Connection where children made Christmas crafts, played Christmas games and enjoyed storytime.  (Photos – PAT crafts/storytime)

CHS Special Education Department:  Students from the Occupational Development and Community Trades courses created 55 Christmas gift bags for Carthage homebound senior citizens as a part of an ongoing project called HUGS – Helping You Have a Great Special Day.  The students provide HUGS birthday gift bags for the seniors throughout the year, as well as special gifts or crafts to celebrate fall, Christmas and spring.  HUGS is a cooperative project of the CHS Special Education Department, the Carthage CAN DO Senior Citizen Center and the family of Laura Kathryn Dalton.  (Photo – creating HUGS gift bags)

Mark Twain Elementary students and staff donated canned goods in support of the FFA food drive and collected mittens, gloves, hats and scarves for Fostering Hope and the Salvation Army.  (Photo-mitten/hat tree) 

FBLA members taught an American Enterprise unit to 4th graders at Steadley and explained marketing terms and concepts.  The students built Christmas-themed gingerbread houses and were judged on their product, presentation, and promotion.  Allison Peterson and Maquelle Huntley’s group won first place in Mrs. Bien’s class.  (Photo – FBLA winning group at Steadley)

Pleasant Valley Elementary School:  Mrs. Rogers’ class has been studying how other countries celebrate Christmas.  Mrs. Wakefield, a retired teacher who used to live in Germany, brought two exchange students from MSSU to speak to the kids and have a Q and A on their country’s Christmas traditions and celebrations.  The kids sang “Silent Night” in English while the three visitors sang “Silent Night” in German.  (Photo – lighted pyramid from Germany)

Carthage Junior High School held Penny Wars and raised $784.31 for the LaVerne Williams Children’s Christmas Party.  The junior high leadership group will help distribute gifts at the party which is hosted annually by the Carthage Police Department.  These students also assisted Santa during a special visit with children of staff members.  An Angel Tree brought in 36 gifts to be distributed to the Salvation Army.  Several staff members participated in an Ugly Sweater Contest, and the annual Christmas Assembly will be held on Friday before dismissing for Christmas Break.  (Photos – Angel Tree, Santa and Sweaters) 

Steadley Elementary School:  Steadley students and staff supported the FFA canned food drive and donated a total of 2041 items.  (photo- tree w/bags of canned goods)

Fairview Elementary School:  Mrs. Lucas’ class participated in a Skype session to learn how children in Sweden celebrate Christmas.  “Christmas Around the World” is a traditional unit of study for these students, but for the first time the entire class was able to see and have personal conversations with other third graders living in another country.  (Click here to view the full article in The Carthage Press)

District Office:  Each year at Christmas the Carthage R-9 School District Administrative Office chooses a special project.  Last year, employees provided lap-size blankets for seventy-five Pre-K – 6th grade Homeless children.  This year, sixty-eight Homeless students in grades 7 – 12 will receive blankets, sock caps and gloves.  Identification tags for each student were placed on the office Christmas tree and R-9 staff and Board of Education members donated items to fill all of the needs.  The sets will be distributed by building counselors before school is dismissed for Christmas Break.  (Photo – blankets/tree)  DO staff members enjoyed a special performance by CHS Soundwave at their annual Christmas luncheon. 

Also, you may have noticed Carthage students ringing the bells at the Salvation Army red kettles at Walmart and doing a great job of collecting donations from all those passing by!  We are so blessed to have students and staff members with giving spirits and a desire to serve others.  

Thank you and Merry Christmas to all from Carthage R-9!

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