The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Education

December 24, 2013

Classic poem and singalong send kids home for the holiday

EDGEWOOD — Elementary students recently took turns approaching a microphone and added a few more lines to Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem that begins, “Twas the night before Christmas, and all thro’ the house ... Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”

For parents, the event was standing room only in the Edgewood Elementary School gym for “Edgewood Elementary Presents The Night Before Christmas and Christmas Sing-a-long.” The crowd spilled out into the hallway Friday, the final day before Christmas break.

The school’s 320 students treated their families to about 40 minutes of poetry and songs.

Edgewood parent Ashley Davis came to watch her 5-year-old son in the program. “He’s excited for toys,” she said. “He’s on his best behavior.”

“When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer. ...”

“Just seeing the kids enjoying the holiday spirit, that’s what it’s all about,” said Tim Edsell, Anderson Community Schools interim superintendent, who was among the overflow crowd at the doorway of the gym. “Giving joy and spreading joy. You will see a lot of smiles on people’s faces watching kids perform.”

Inside the gym, music teacher Staci Miller was waving her arms to try to keep all the singers together.

“It brings everybody together,” Miller said. “It brings joy into children’s hearts. And parents, they have so many things going on, and getting ready for Christmas, and kids have tests at the end of the semester. Then to join together and sing our favorite songs and hear a classic Christmas story, now I’m ready for Christmas to begin.”

“He had a broad face, and a little round belly

“That shook when he laugh’d, like a bowl full of jelly. ...”

Miller said her passion was to involve literacy and creativity in her teaching. So the poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” -- mixed with songs -- made a perfect fit.

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