Making spirits bright

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Pailyn Shumate, above, visits with Santa at Jacks Creek Elementary.

Rainy weather and cloudy sky did nothing to dull the light of love in the hearts of the staff at Jack’s Creek Elementary School. Twinkling lights filled the gymnasium and the smell of fresh baked sugar cookies flowed through the air as children and adults entered. As a school family, the countdown began for the 9ft tree that stood at the center court to be lit up and start all activities. The children were able to decorate cookies, learn how reindeer fly, take pictures with Santa, and have a snowball fight.
The festivities did not stop there. Early Monday morning, Principal Elf put a smile on everyone’s face as he hid on the roof of the school and threw fake snowballs at students and staff. Laughter from all could be heard by everyone in the parking lot and surrounding area.
Principal Paden Buckley wants his students and staff to know that they are loved and appreciated everytime they step onto his campus. He demonstrates a motto that has carried him through his life and career – “Love first. Teach always.” With teaching, as in life, love and compassion will spark the fire of loving to learn in all.

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