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Bolton students share, celebrate

Students participate in annual Celebration of Giving assembly and parade


by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Felix Rosario, Boltons building engineer, dressed as a holiday tree, earns a hug from first-grader Madalyn Hersy.In a tradition as old as the primary school itself, the students at Bolton Primary School held their annual Celebration of Giving Dec. 19. It was a day to recognize the good that the student body collectively has done.”It’s to celebrate the giving we do all year,” Bolton Principal Holly Omlin-Ruback said.

This school year, Bolton students have worked to support the food pantry and the Clackamas County Clothes Closet.

The celebration featured a school-wide assembly and a parade around the school grounds and Hammerle Park, adjacent to the school. To prepare for the parade, students had created colorful paper hats and masks.

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Fifth-graders Kirsten Nordstrom, left, and Hannah Strobe enjoy their final parade at Bolton.Each classroom chose a theme, and that theme often reflected something the students had been studying. Students were sporting colorful paper fish on their heads, hats with shining stars and hats with evergreens. They were showing that they had learned about salmon, astronomy and trees. Fifth-graders created fanciful superhero headgear, donning alternate identities at the same time. Each superhero was ready to do his or her part to save the planet.

Office staff, administrators and instructional aides joined in the fun, dressing to reflect a snowflake theme. Felix Rosario, the school’s building engineer, was costumed as a giving tree.

“We just have fun. Kids love it. They look forward to it. It’s a really fun community event,” Omlin-Ruback said. “And we do a parade, because we like parades.”

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Dawna King and Sheila Powers get into the spirit of the event with reindeer antlers and noses. Parents come in, some dressed in costume. After the parade, many students returned to their classrooms to enjoy breakfast together.

During the assembly, a kindergartner, Samantha Dymock, stood in front of her much taller schoolmates to announce the results of the kindergarteners’ “tree lot.” As part of their study of trees, the kindergartners had created paintings of evergreen trees, which were hung on a bulletin board outside their classrooms. The trees were available for purchase, at $1 each.

The school’s youngest students had raised $56 — “so far,” Samantha said, encouraging the assembled parents to browse the selection of paper trees still available for sale.

“We have given in so many ways this year,” Omlin-Ruback told the assembled students.

Molly Lallum, a parent who helped to organize the clothing drive, congratulated students on the school’s nearly 100 percent participation. Earlier, each student had received a bag, donated by Market of Choice, and a note explaining what items were needed and how each student could help.

“You students should really feel proud,” Lallum told them during the assembly. She already had delivered 115 bags of clothing to the Clothes Closet, she said, and she had 75 more bags in her car. A pile in the school’s hallway contained at least 50 more bags, she estimated.

Instructional coordinator Stacey Couturier is in her second year at the school, and she said the celebration of giving had already become one of her favorite activities.

“Last year, I just got tears in my eyes. It’s just so simple, so beautiful,” she said.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Third-grader Zachary Liston waves during the parade Dec. 19. by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Students parade around the school grounds and Hammerle Park.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Fourth-grader Nate Watton has more to celebrate than giving. His mask reads, 'Its my birthday.'by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Fifth-grader Mason Price adds some noise to the parade with his slide whistle.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - West Linn-Wilsonville Superintendent Bill Rhoades waves as the parade passes him.



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