Abbey Lane Brings Smiles for the Holidays
The Abbey Lane Elementary School community gathered on Dec. 21 to celebrate the holiday season by touring the decorated school and raising approximately $500 to Smile Train, a nonprofit organization that provides free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in developing countries around the world. The amount is enough to provide two children with the surgery needed to fix the cleft.
More than 370 people attended the evening event. Faculty members brought their own children to celebrate the night and help volunteer while MacArthur High School cheerleaders volunteered their time to serve hot cocoa and munchkins. Fifth-grade orchestra students performed holiday music under the guidance of music teacher MelissaGscheidle and attendees participated in ornament decorating and received a special building tour facilitated by fourth- and fifth-graders.
The hallways were decorated in holiday fashion and prior to the event, students and staff members decorated their classroom doors in their most creative and unique ways. The fourth- and fifth-graders led the tours and explained each decorative door to their guests.
"It feels good to be a part of this event because it supports a wonderful cause," said fifth grade tour guide Emma Delmar. "I hope that the families get to enjoy all the doors that all of the students and teachers decorated."