3rd Graders build Houses based on Budgets

Third grade students at Partridge Elementary explored how different countries celebrate Christmas around the world. They learned about economics and were given an opportunity to conduct a cost-benefit analysis. The driving question for the third grade PBL (problem-based learning) was, "How can budgets help us decide what expenses are most important?"

In honor of traditions from Germany, students were given a budget of $10 to spend on supplies for their gingerbread houses. They had to demonstrate fluency with addition and subtraction when working on their budget and then were tasked with planning the design of their houses. Then students built their houses based on their design. Each house was creative and had unique designs.

Freedom students and staff donate 1,522 pounds of food

Freedom Elementary teachers Jody Taylor, Jenifer Munoz, Jill Mantle and Patricia Stevens got their students excited about a canned food drive. This excitement spread throughout the school and between Dec. 1-15 students and staff brought in more than 3,000 non-perishable items - weighing 1,522 pounds - that were donated to Good Samaritan. Staff members from Good Samaritan picked up all of the cans on Dec. 19, just in time for the 500 food baskets they were making on Dec. 22.

"It was a group effort and it shows the kind-hearted spirit we all have at Freedom Elementary for our community," the teachers said. "We plan on doing this next year and we are excited to try and exceed this year's numbers!"

Partridge holds pet drive

A fifth grade class at Partridge Elementary held a pet drive and delivered the donations to the shelter, Loving Paws in Crocker, Mo. The idea started when one student in Sara Allen's 5th grade class wanted to do a pet drive instead of a $10 class gift exchange. The student collaborated with other students and gathered donations at their school. The class then took a field trip and delivered the supplies and toys to Loving Paws. Once there, the students got to hold, cuddle and even read their favorite stories to the friendly dogs and cats.

East Elementary students deliver cookies

East Elementary students delivered cookies to the Pulaski County Courthouse and Waynesville Police Department on Dec. 19 for the holidays.

Courtwarming is Saturday

Waynesville High School Courtwarming will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, between the JV and Varsity boys basketball games against Hillcrest. Both a queen and a king will be crowned from among the senior courtwarming candidates.

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