The holiday season is a time of giving, receiving, food, family and fun. Around Harlandale ISD, it is also a time of educating. Over the past several days, students, staff and parents have participated in several different events where they have learned, laughed and loved.
The Grinch got close but just couldn’t steal Christmas from families at Bellaire Elementary. On Thursday, December 12, PTA members helped turn the school into a winter wonderland, with the gym and cafeteria serving as warm learning centers. Many of the kids practiced reading and following directions as they made S’mores; others tried to match holiday words to the correct pictures; and some took the time to create and decorate their own paper poinsettias.
Across the district at Gilbert Elementary, dozens of people packed into cafeteria to see their young musicians perform. The choir sang Christmas carols for about 30 minutes while parents, sisters and brothers listened and snapped pictures. The flashes got faster when Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus walked in. Former School Board member Zeke Mendoza and his wife Liz dress up for the kids every year.
On Wednesday, December 11, Rayburn Elementary had some traditional holiday food for its parents and students. Before they unwrapped their tamales though, they had a chance to walk around and take part in several projects, including a reading area, making bookmarks and fitting into a cardboard bobsled.
Music also filled the air throughout the week. The Harlandale Middle School bands put on quite a show of Christmas tunes for families at the Boggess Center. At Collier Elementary, it was the little ones on stage. Kinder and first graders performed three songs each and then joined forces for the “Jingle Bells” finale.