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North National Honor Society students wrapped gifts that they and the staff at North have purchased for the residents of the Handicapped Development Center. They also purchased many new toys for the childcare area at the North YMCA. This is an annual project through Brittany’s Gifts. Each year, in memory of Brittany Manders, the National Honor Society teams up with groups from West and Central to make the holidays brighter for the residents and the children.
Congratulations to three members from the concert orchestra who were selected to perform in the Southeast Iowa String Teachers Association Honors Orchestra-Albert Chen, violin; Maddy West, violin; and Gabe Lance, viola. The Iowa String Teachers Association is a community of teachers and students promoting the importance of music education.
German foreign language students from West, Central and North High Schools recently went on a German cultural excursion to Chicago. Students visited the Christkindlmarket, which is the German Christmas market. Nürnberg, Germany is Chicago’s sister city for Christmas markets, and Chicago’s market is modeled after the one in Nürnberg. During the trip, students spoke German with vendors who brought their wares from Germany. Students also saw many unique products and tried many German foods. Despite the cold of this outdoor market, students were very happy with the experience.
After a short stop at Navy Pier, students continued on to the musical The Christmas Schooner, which is based on a true Chicago story from the late 1800’s. In the musical, German immigrants living on the northern part of Lake Michigan set sail during bad weather to bring Christmas trees to the residents of Chicago, where there is a shortage of Christmas trees.
Members of the Central High School Choral Group performed a medley of traditional holiday carols on Thursday, December 19, 2013, at the Achievement Service Center. Vocal selections included “Stille Nacht,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “What Child is This?,” and “O Holy Night.” The students offered a spirited rendition of the classic “Deck the Halls” as their finale.
On Saturday, December 14th, the Combustible Lemons of West High School competed at the FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Their robot performed well and finished in the runner up spot, and the team was nominated for 5 out of 6 awards, claiming their 2nd Inspire Award – the highest honor at competition. These accomplishments mean the Combustible Lemons have qualified for the State Championship for their fifth year! Congratulations, team!
Several members of the North High Volleyball program donated their time, talent, and money to help sponsor a family in conjunction with the Friendly House. These student-athletes shopped for presents and wrapped the gifts and provided a food basket for their “adopted” family. We are very proud of these young ladies for giving so selflessly this holiday season. Great job, Wildcats!
Last year the Davenport Central Leadership Team found that many Central families did not have the resources to provide holiday meals for their families. During the two week winter break each year, this issue is magnified for some families. When presented with this information, the team quickly put together a plan to create holiday dinner boxes for Central families in need. Each box contained items necessary to provide a nice holiday meal for a family of 6 or more, including extra items for breakfast. All items are non-perishable so that the families would be free to use the food at their convenience.
Last year, the Leadership Team collected and distributed 65 boxes. This year’s goal was to go beyond that and create 75 boxes. After some last minute donations, the Davenport Central Leadership Team Executive Council is excited to announce that they’ve collected enough to put together 80 boxes!
The Early Head Starts staff at the Kimberly Center participated in the Community Action of Eastern Iowa’s “building a Christmas tree from donated food contest.” The display was designed and constructed by the Early Head Start staff at KCHS. The food that was donated was given to students with children in daycare at the Kimberly Center after the contest was over. Thank-you to the day care staff.