Burton Elementary School kindergartners brave the cold weather to spread holiday cheer on Dec. 17. After learning about different holidays, like Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and their traditions, the students caroled around Burton Circle.

John Stoddard 440-834-3380

Students spread holiday cheer

Throughout the month of December, kindergarten classes at Burton Elementary obtained a variety of project-based learning opportunities by exploring the traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas, Saint Nicholas Day and Kwanzaa. By studying literature and listening to local guests present materials, students learned facts about the holidays, cultural traditions and a number of ways that families celebrate each.

Kindergartners visited with Joe Casey, father-in-law to music teacher Lauren Casey, to learn about traditions associated with Saint Nicholas Day. Jake Starr, from Starr Farm, spoke with students about his family business and how his family prepares for the holiday season on their tree farm. Anne Layne, from Undercover Charm Shop in Burton, participated in a Zoom meeting with the classes to teach them about the history of the Christmas tree and made a craft with the classes. Ashley Siegar, a member of the district staff, shared her experiences of celebrating Hanukkah with her family growing up and continuing the traditions as an adult.

As a way to culminate the holiday experience, kindergarten classes went caroling through Burton Circle on Dec. 17. Families came out to hear the students sing a collection of holiday songs like “The Dreidel Song,” “This Little Light of Mine,” “Jingle Bells,” “O Christmas Tree,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The group walked up to the shops around the circle where employees came out to listen to their festive songs. The activity concluded in front of the Burton Library to sing to the librarians.

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