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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Area schools have been bustling with holiday activity the past couple of weeks. From decorating cookies and classrooms to making crafts and special Christmas gifts, the students have been busy.

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Ashlee Drewes and Ella Johnston painted Christmas trees.

Area schools have been bustling with holiday activity the past couple of weeks. From decorating cookies and classrooms to making crafts and special Christmas gifts, the students have been busy.

They've also been busy creating some holiday drawings and writing their letters to Santa! These will be published in a special section in the Echo Press on?Friday, December 19. Don't miss it!

Following is a glimpse into a few area classrooms.

Christmas trees

Donna Edmunds, kindergarten teacher at Garfield Elementary School, recruited a little help from her dad for a special classroom activity.

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Her father, Don James, saw a wood Christmas tree project in a woodworking magazine he receives.

Edmunds agreed it would be a good project to show the students how things are put together while also tapping into their creativity.

James cut out wood trees for all of the students, glued on a base and trunk and delivered them to school, where the kids took over.

They painted the bases red, and the trees green, and will add colorful pom-poms for the Christmas balls later this week.

The students are also decorating bags to place the finished trees into and making cards. The final product will be a gift for someone special - but we're not telling who!

Popcorn strings

Students in Denise Jorud's kindergarten class at the Miltona Science Magnet School got in the holiday spirit recently by stringing popcorn and cranberries, with the assistance of some 3rd graders.

Christmas around the world

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During the month of December, kindergarten students in Susan Nienaber's class at Lincoln Elementary School learned about Christmas around the world. They studied Kwanzaa, Hanukah, Christmas, St. Lucia, Los Posadas and St. Nicholas.

On December 5 they did a hands-on activity that followed a theme common among the celebrations held around the world - the act of giving. Students decorated cookies to share with their families.

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