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12/14/05

Long Beach Students Share The Holiday Spirit

It was a musical celebration of the season to wrap up a year that's been anything but normal. Wednesday, Quarles Elementary School in Long Beach held a Christmas Sing-A-Long involving every class.

Hurricane Katrina may have disrupted the traditional Christmas program but it didn't dampen the determination of teachers and students to recover the holiday spirit. Songs of Santa took a back seat to songs of sharing and healing.

"This year we are sharing our school with Harper McCaughan," says Quarles Music Teacher Barbara Grimes. "And so we only go to school until noon and music classes only last 20 minutes. So we decided we need to do something fun for the children and for the teachers because it's been kind of a rough year for everybody."

Rough times that Principal Kenneth Sims says have been emotionally taxing on his young students.

"A lot of them have matured quite a bit since the storm," says Sims. "When we came back in October you could tell the maturity level of them. And I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that their lives were upturned and things were not normal."

A good excuse for Principal Sim and his teaching staff to kick off their normal routine and kick up their heels.

"We are really trying and the children are really looking forward to Christmas this year," says Grimes. "It's been kind of a bad year for everybody, but we're just looking forward to a good time."

The good times got off to a good start, thanks in part to the Quarles Christmas Sing Along.

by Don Culpepper

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