Eastside Elementary School carries on 10-year tradition

by Celia Shortt


Eastside parent Shawn Stoll slides into action at Eastside’s parent/ teacher dodgeball game. Teachers Cassie Mitchell, right, and Heather Daily run out of his way. 

Each year Eastside Elementary School sends students and families off to holiday break with a bit of added spirit. 

Eastside brings together students, parents, and teachers for a memorable gathering in the gym, which includes a holiday sing-along and parent/teacher dodgeball game.

“The Eastside Parent/Teacher Dodgeball Game and Sing-Along is a school tradition that has been around at least 10 years,” said Eastside Principal Leigh Munson. “It began as a way to present some of the songs practiced in music classes and have the community join in a holiday celebration.”

Recently, on the last day of school before the 2013 Christmas break, all 490 students — plus teachers, employees, and parents — met in the school’s gym first thing in the morning. For 30 minutes, the crowd sang Christmas carols and was treated to a performance by each individual grade.

“By hosting this last-day school wide event, we present a time for parents to hear the students in all grade levels, who are not included in the (Christmas) concert,” said Munson.

Several special guests surprised the students and families during the sing-along — Rudolph, The Grinch, Frosty the Snowman, and Santa Claus.

After singing, teachers and parents collectively gathered on each side of the gym and then rushed to the center as the dodgeball game began. The gym was full of students cheering for their parents and their teachers. After two games, the teachers were victorious.

Munson enjoys the holiday aspect of this event, but also appreciates how it fosters the family environment at Eastside. “We want parents to feel comfortable coming into the school, whether it is to help as a volunteer, eat lunch with their child, or to attend a conference or night-time academic training,” she said.

Coweta County students return to school on Monday


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