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CES hosts annual door decorating contest

| December 13, 2021

Coshocton Elementary School hosted its third annual holiday classroom door decorating contest. Judging was held on Dec. 10, when judges from Coshocton Leadership toured the hallways to view all of the creativity involved in the team and individual designs.

Rooms were judged in five categories including neatness, student involvement, originality, best overall individual door, best overall team, and best individual door. Each individual and team winners will have a donut party in their classroom  and certificates will be passed out as well. Decorating ideas originated from some student inspired and some teacher or team inspired but the students helped make it come alive.

Megan Crook, literacy coach for Coshocton City Schools said, “It is magical down here.” Students were adding to their canned food drive as part of the holiday event too.

Lots of Christmas treats, cookies and candy samples were available throughout the building along with Christmas music to go with each theme.

On Candy Cane Lane staff members dressed as Elves handed out gold coins and small bottles of maple syrup. Treats along the way included the Elves four food groups including candy, candy canes, corn and maple syrup because syrup has sugar, they said.

A Charlie Brown Christmas was the theme for the kindergarten hallway. Student helpers were excited to hand out red ball ornaments like the one on a Charlie Brown tree and told everyone Merry Christmas. Students also decorated the hall with holiday artwork.

The first grade theme was Storybook Lane with displays of their favorite books on the doors and in the hall.

Second graders in a group effort celebrated Christmas Around the World. Each door represented a different country and Scottish shortbread cookies were served. “They tried to hit all four senses,” Crook said.

The third grade also celebrated Christmas Around the World. One door had a snowman in front of  Big Ben from the UK and Mr. Casey was in a Gondola  celebrating Italy.

The fourth grade students had a tree on their door and students made the ornaments. Students also collected socks, underwear and toothpaste using them as decorations as well. The socks, underwear and toothpaste will be sent to Akron Children’s Hospital. Using the Giving Tree theme, students decided to go above and beyond just canned food and collected animal shelter items and school supplies as well.

Fifth grade students celebrated How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Sixth graders decided on a team effort using misspelled grammar and punctuation. Directions were: edit our hallway. The hall also was decorated with a photo of each student in a sled going sled riding along the wall.

The library theme was  Chilling with my Gnomes and featured a gnome on each door.

Even the custodians made a snowman from spray bottles on their door wearing a bow tie in honor of  Phineas, a student at Coshocton Elementary dealing with cancer who always wears a bow tie.

“Everyone did such a good job in getting the kids involved so much, more so than any past years,” Crook said. “We are excited to announce the following winners for each category: Neatness Award – first grade; Originality Award – preschool, multicategory, therapy; Student Involvement Award – fourth grade; Visual Impact, Best Individual Door Overall Award – sixth grade Mrs. Robbins; and Visual Impact, Team Design Award – kindergarten.

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