About 20 Walkersville Elementary School teachers and administrators are taking their holiday cheer out from the classroom and into the community.
“This is the third year that we’ve done this and during the holiday season we just try to have some community outreach and to go around to different communities where our kids are, and just go around and sing and bring some holiday spirit,” explained first grade teacher at Walkersville Elementary School, Jennifer Mitchell.
The school visited three different locations within the Walkersville community, including the Highland and Dearbought neighborhoods and the Children’s World Day Care center.
“I think the kids really enjoy seeing their teachers outside of classroom as well. They’re excited to see their music teacher, first grade teacher, second grade teacher, kindergarten teacher,” explained Maggie Arnold, mother of Walkersville Elementary School student, Levi Arnold.
They sang about three songs to awaiting groups of students and parents, and staff say the lyrics were adjusted to not only include the celebration of Christmas, but also of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
“We have ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’, but then we also include ‘Happy Hanukkah,’ and ‘Joyous Kwanzaa.’ We have a very dynamic group of kids at our school, very diverse, so I think it’s important to include all of them. We teach about all those different cultures, and traditions so we don’t want to just focus on one. We want to hit everybody in our community,” Mitchell said.
Teachers say they hope the gesture helps illustrate to students just how valued they are.
“I think the biggest thing is that the kids realize that they’re important outside of the school day. That we care about them whether in school or whether they’re at home. And you know with the holidays I think it’s just an important time to celebrate family and friends and to realize that they’re important in our lives also,” Mitchell explained.
Walkersville Elementary School staff say this is their third year of holiday community caroling.