CM1 students with a festive spirit

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For decades, fourth-graders from the Independence School District have gathered at the Community of Christ auditorium to sing as part of the Mayor’s Christmas concert.

The event launched in 1985 by Mayor Barbara Potts benefits the Community Services League. But the pandemic put an end to this event in 2020, and the auditorium has still not been reopened to the public.

Mayor Eileen Weir didn’t want fourth graders missing again, so she enlisted them to help decorate one of the mayor’s Christmas trees.

For three days, from November 17 to 19, the mayor visited all fourth grade classes in ISD’s 20 elementary schools, explaining her project and leaving supplies to make environmentally friendly ornaments.

“It’s a really, fun and fun event; it’s something that I always look forward to, and I’m sure you look forward to it too, ”Weir told the grade four students at Blackburn Elementary. “I came to ask you for help for a project that I imagined. ”

These ornaments, made from pine cones collected by Parks and Recreation staff at George Owens Nature Park, were picked up from schools this week and are due to be placed on the tree next week outside the service center. public independence, off 23e rue and RD Mize. Road.

“We thought, ‘What’s a little project they could do,’ Weir said. “Charlotte Olejko (the city horticulturalist) helped us. It came pretty quickly. ”

For ornaments, Weir explained to the students, you tie a piece of string to the top of a pine cone, then spread Crisco over the cone and roll it in cornmeal and birdseed.

“It will be sticky like peanut butter,” she said. “The birds can eat them, and they haven’t hurt anything, we can recycle them, and we don’t have anything to throw away, and it’s good for the environment.”

One student wondered if this was something he could taste, and another asked if it would be a messy project.

“I don’t think it would be too good if you tried to eat it,” Weir replied. “Is it going to be complicated? A little, so be sure to wash your hands.

Weir requested an additional Christmas tree for the mayor this year and got four, courtesy of Meiners Dentistry. They can be found outside the Utilities Center, at the Uptown Farmers Market, outside the Cable Dahmer Arena, and along Winner Road in the Englewood Arts District. The arena tree was scheduled to be lit up on Friday, a city spokesperson said, while the other three have already been lit. The trees will be recycled after the holidays.

A former mayor’s Christmas tree, donated by a citizen, was planted a few years ago in Hiram Young Park near the plaza and town hall. The trees in this park have also been illuminated for the holidays.


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