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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Letters

Liberty Elem Harvest Festival

Nov 4, 2019

To the editor:
I wanted to take a moment to recognize and express my gratitude to the Liberty Elementary School's teachers and staff. For the first time the school held a Harvest Festival on Halloween to be more inclusive of all the children in the school instead of a costume parade.
I learned as this change was announced earlier this school year that it was a bit controversial for some people in the community. I attended the festival with my 3rd grader and I was so impressed with the organization and amount of activities they had for them to enjoy with their classmates and friends, and the level of support and involvement of the teachers and staff.
They moved the event inside due to weather concerns, and I'm sure that was a little bit of a challenge for the school. All of the planning and work was worth it, and I want the school and community to know it was appreciated. The kids had a blast! It was so fun to hear the shrieks and giggles of excitement and joy as the students enjoyed the age-old parachute toss, danced, and played a variety of games and physical challenges.
I believe the education of a child should not only include the tools needed to read, write, and solve math problems. It should also include the opportunities to develop skills to interact well with others, build a sense of community, and have a bit of fun with peers to aid them in their growth into socially conscious adults.
The simple skills we expect from adults of waiting in line, helping others, and encouraging friends start when a child is taught these social courtesies from a young age. In addition to the well rounded curriculum at the school, the Harvest Festival provided this opportunity to work on social skills and have fun, and I am sure the students will have fond memories of the event.
Thank you for taking the time and effort to provide something extra for the students to enjoy at school, and for inviting the parents to join them.


Laura Liddle
Liberty Parent




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