The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

January 6, 2014

Life support skills students start new holiday tradition

— DANVILLE – Students at Danville Primary School’s multi-disability/life support skills class started a new holiday tradition of setting up the school’s new Christmas tree.

The artificial tree, purchased by school administration, was set up by students just outside the school lobby with help from teacher Glenna Rearick and classroom staff.

“We were the ones who asked the school if we could get a tree because we had never had one before” at the school, Rearick said. “We’ll be responsible for the setting up and taking down every year.”

Handmade decorations for the tree were created by Rearick’s class as well as Melissa Shipman’s emotional support class at the primary school and the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit’s autistic class, taught by Becky Lewis. The ornaments were made out of paper and cinnamon applesauce.

Many were designed in the shape of hands, to go with the theme of “lending a hand” to others. “They love making things. It’s always nice when they can create things,” Rearick said of her students.

The students and classroom staff took the tree down on Jan. 2.


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