Linton Elementary Winter Walk is Thursday
The community is invited to the annual Winter Walk at Linton-Stockton Elementary Thursday evening.
The free event will be hosted throughout the elementary school gym, woods and cabin on the school grounds from 5:30-8 p.m.
Teresa Carpenter, co-organizer, said the community-wide event includes a live nativity scene in the woods with live animals. The nativity scene is coordinated by the Linton First Christian Church with the help of some other local churches. There will also be hot chocolate and cookies available to keep students warm.
The cabin next to the woods will feature live music coordinated by Danielle Feltner and Nichole Hughes. Carpenter said Marc Wright sets up with his guitar and members of the staff sing Christmas carols.
The Christmas caroling will continue inside the school, with carolers roaming the halls of the school for the indoor activities.
Inside, there will be several attractions including bounce houses in the gym, and the opportunity to see Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the cafeteria.
Students will also have a chance to shop for their family members at the Santa Workshop, where gifts range from $1 to $10.
“We will have the Santa Workshop in the first-grade hallway,” Carpenter said. “We wrap the gift for them, they write their name on it and when they take it home, it’s all ready to go under the tree.”
Though she noted students have the opportunity to earn $3 in Santa bucks beforehand.
“So, no kid goes without buying something,” Carpenter noted.
The funds from the Santa Workshop will help support PTO programs.
“We recently purchased the Be Kind shirts for the entire student body in the elementary. Whatever we raise, we give back to our students.”
Assistant Principal Nick Moore said the school encourages members of the community to attend.
“We are going to have well over 1,000 people here and it’s a big community event,” Moore said.
“This started as another way to get our school and community involved to build relationships. It’s a way for the kids and their families to come to the school and have fun.”
Moore said it is important to school officials for the community to know they are a team.
“We want this to be the biggest and best one ever. We want everyone to come. You don’t have to have a student to go here. This for out-of-towners. Come in and check us out, enjoy some refreshments and good music. It’s a good evening to build relationships and spend time enjoying the school and meeting with the staff,” Moore said.
“One of our main goals this year is to build relationships with families, students and community across the board.”