What do Charlie Brown, some hard-working elves, and an adorable Bichon Frise have in common? All were featured in this year’s holiday program performed by students at the Elizabeth Lee Black School.
This morning, students from 21 classrooms ranging from preschool through high-school age participated in an event that has been a holiday tradition for more than two decades. Many of the faculty and students work for weeks to practice routines, and prepare costumes, scenery and props for their performance.
The holiday show is an event that the students and staff look forward to each year. They view it as their Christmas present to the volunteers, parents and supporters. But judging by the parents’ faces, it is hard to say who is enjoying the experience more!
This year, several classrooms took advantage of the skills that they are building with technology to tell their holiday story on the iPad. One classroom even wrote and recited their own version of “The Night Before Christmas.” This opportunity to see what their children are doing while at school makes parents proud of what they are accomplishing.
The performance includes a favorite moment for students: leading Jessie, one of our therapy dogs, in an impressive display of tricks. For the finale, students who work with the Young People’s Choir volunteer group sang one of their favorites: “This Land Is Your Land,” bringing tears to many eyes in the room. Santa even stopped by for a surprise visit!
All in all, this was another successful Holiday Show. It certainly got us in the mood for the final countdown to Christmas!