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B.E. Students Participate in Holiday Traditions for Project Based Learning Purposes

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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.  Our Kindergarten visited with Mr. Joe Casey, father-in-law to Mrs. Casey, to learn about traditions associated with Saint Nicholas Day. Jake Starr, from Starr Farm, spoke with our 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 our 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 Thursday, December 17th.  They were greeted by a number of families who 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 continued to walk up to the shops around the circle where the thankful employees came out to enjoy their festive songs, commenting that this is just what they needed, especially this year.  The activity concluded in front of the Burton Library, singing to some of our favorite librarians.  Way to go, Burton Elementary Kindergarten students, who learned that people of all ages, and all traditions, are able to spread holiday cheer in unique ways!





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