Plays entice parents’ school involvement

Dec. 12, 2013 @ 10:22 PM

David Person supported his children, and their classmates, performing at Rollins Elementary School Thursday night for the schoolwide annual holiday show.

Person, vice president of the school's Parent Teacher Association, said he wants to encourage the PTA-sponsored occasion because it brings parents to the school.

"This gets families out who don't have the opportunity to get to the school during regular school day," said Person, who has served as vice president of Friends of Rollins for two years.

Melanie Griggs, assistant principal at the school, said the show strengthens links between the community and the school.

"It's nice to get this many people in the building for some good news and something positive," Griggs said.

More than 500 adults packed into Rollins' auditorium for “Letters of the Season,” with a holiday theme for each letter of the alphabet.

For the letter G, the kids sang "Grandma got Run over by a reindeer" and a little girl dressed as an old lady was knocked down by a fellow classmate with antlers.

Though, it was not strictly holiday related. The letter T was a tribute to Michael Jackson's “Thriller.”

Cindi Crane, president of Friends of Rollins, said the show lets parents know about the PTA and how to get involved.

"Anything we can do to get parents into the building is what we want to do," she said.

Friends of Rollins has about 30 members, roughly half of which are teachers, she said.

Crane said Friends of Rollins is working toward obtaining nonprofit status to motivate tax-exempt donations.

And, as a nonprofit, the organization would not have to pay fees to the state and national PTAs.

"Part of every membership that is paid goes to the state and national organizations," she said.

After Dabney Elementary's PTA meeting Thursday night, students from all grades put on the “Gingerbread Christmas” play they have been practicing in music class for weeks.

Principal Michael Putney said his students' performance of the Gingerbread Christmas is an important part of their education because it contributes to their artistic development and growth.

"It fosters creativity," he said. "You can do academics all day, but they need art, drama, music."

Bradley Craft, a fifth-grade math teacher at Dabney, dressed as Santa for the play. He was in as a Dabney student more than 10 years ago.

Craft said the play instills students with a sense of responsibility, especially those with a major role.

"It also gives them something fun to do and look forward to around Christmas," he said.


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