Sun­ny­side stu­dents busy as elves

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

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.

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