District Five schools spread cheer with holiday celebrations

Chapin, SC – Schools across Lexington-Richland School District Five celebrated the holidays with various assemblies and performances by students, faculty and staff.

It was a memorable day for many at Chapin High School’s annual Holiday Giving assembly when the student government club presented a local special needs athletics team with a check for $111,000. The school created a fundraiser in October for the “Screaming Eagles” and the team will use the funds to purchase their “Field of Dreams” for future games, practices and fun.

“This was such a special day for us to give the Screaming Eagles this check because you see how much they care about the kids,” said Chapin High student body president and senior Chase Haywood. “When we saw the emotion on their faces as we presented the check, that just meant everything to me.”

“What can I say? The amount of support we have in this community is incredible,” said Screaming Eagles president Jenny Bowers. “Our community is a special place and we have just been blessed by the incredible support of Chapin High School.”

At Nursery Road Elementary, students held their annual school-wide holiday performance. Each grade level represented a different holiday with various singing and dancing.

“This is why I do what I do,” said Nursery Road Elementary music teacher Lisa Brooks. “The students work so hard and make the performance their own. It is such a gratifying experience to look in the crowd and see how proud the parents are of the many talents their children possess!”

Seven Oaks Elementary packed its gymnasium for their “Big Winter Holiday Bake Off” with featured songs, dances and script. The performance was a spinoff of the PBS hit “The Great British Baking Show.”

“What a fantastic performance this was from our students,” said Seven Oaks Elementary principal Gina Mays. “I am so proud of the work they put in with the guidance from our music teachers Sharon Watkins and Ashley Moore. We are so proud of them!”

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