Sunnyside students busy as elves
Itlooked as if Sunnyside Elementary had transformed into a busy Christmas factory yesterday, with groups of students working on all sorts of holiday projects. Teachers, staff and volunteers chose craft activities that they wanted to share with the students, then the students were able to choose which craft they wanted to try.
Teacher Heather Webster and volunteer Amy Kerr showed the students how to decorate gingerbread cookies a ‘new’ way. Along with the colored icing and candy sprinkles, the students covered their cookies with dried cranberries, dried blueberries and chocolate covered blueberries, adding a few vitamins and minerals to the recipe.
In another classroom, teacher Maureen Lemay was helping her group to paint old-fashioned Santas on star-shaped wooden tree decorations while Special Care Counsellor Nicole St. Pierre showed her group how to paint on glass.
A mother and daughter volunteer team, Lynn and Bonnie Drew, made animal tree decorations with their group of students. “For the first decoration we made mice, then for the next decoration I told them to use their imagination,” explained Bonnie.
It’s always fun to discover new holiday traditions, and that’s just what happened when I came across Cody McGovern, Kyla Faith-Doherty and Dylan Dubois were proud to show off the decorations that they made during the workshop. volunteer parent Lydia Wallace and her young crafters. They were busy as beavers creating a colorful Christmas chain, but one with a twist: on each piece of paper used for the chain the students wrote the name of a relative, friend or a pet. Teacher Elaine Vachon’s group had a variety of materials to make decorations from; a perfect activity for those students who like to experiment with their art work.
Volunteer parent Lydia Wallace made Christmas chains with her students.