Students learn language skills with cards
Eighth-grader Hollie Shipley brought two Christmas tree ornaments from home to school for a special project.
She wanted to give them to senior citizens who will receive a card she’s making during her regular reading skills block at Craig Middle School. She planned to tape the ornaments to the cards as presents.
“I like to help (them) have Christmas, because, if you think about it, they might not have Christmas because they may not get to spend it with their families,” Shipley said.
The eighth-grade classes made cards from construction paper, ribbons, bows and Christmas card covers this week with the intention of giving them to senior citizens at Sunset Meadows and Sandrock Ridge. Any extras will be given to Horizons clients and The Memorial Hospital patients.
“The folks (at the retirement communities) seemed to enjoy getting these cards,” teacher David Morris said. “We’re finding other places we think they would do some good.”
This is the second year for the project, which Morris said fits well into the educational plan for his students. They learned about similes, metaphors and included the senses in their poems. They also worked on their computer proficiency.
“Plus, we’re always trying to do team-building activities,” Morris said.
Student Shon Barber said making the cards wasn’t about the skills he’s learned, but more about what he hopes the recipient will get out of the gift.
“(Christmas is) not about Santa,” he said. “It’s about Jesus’ birthday.”
Eighth-grader Curtis Wright agreed, but he stressed how relieved he was to have a break from reading.
“It makes the time go by a lot faster,” he said. “I think it’ll make a lot of people happy.”
Morris said he wanted to infuse the idea of giving a Christmas to his students. For many of them, this was a project they experienced for the first time.
“This is the first year I’ve done something like that,” Barber said. “It feels nice to do something for other people.”
Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031 or email@example.com.
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