Connecting in the classroom

By Sarah Pridgeon

Fourth graders at Sundance Elementary School enjoyed an early festive treat on Monday when Halley Legge and Tiffany Davis from the U.S. Forest Service arrived with glitter, bright bows and pipe cleaners. The two classes each had a chance to help out the Sundance office by preparing decorations that will be hung on their tree.

The duo brought four ornament ideas for the kids to choose from, including wreaths made from wrapped shower curtain rings, images drawn on wood and Christmas trees cobbled together from twigs. The students were able to make two ornaments each and were adventurous in expanding on those ideas – one young artist was even able to construct a miniature sleigh from her materials.

(Sarah Pridgeon photo) Halley Legge and Tiffany Davis work with members of the Sundance Elementary fourth grade class during a presentation on Monday.
(Sarah Pridgeon photo) Halley Legge and Tiffany Davis work with members of the Sundance Elementary fourth grade class during a presentation on Monday.

The visit was also an opportunity for Legge and Davis to give the fourth graders their “Every Kid in a Park” pass and also a free permit to go cut down their own real Christmas tree in the forest. The kids will visit the Forest Service office on December 3 to help hang their ornaments on the tree, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and visit with employees to find out more about the work they do in our forests.