Several McDuffie County students recently spread a little holiday cheer while they practiced real-life skills outside their normal schoolwork.
Thomson High School students in Stacey Amerson's class planned and carried out every aspect of a Christmas banquet. Mrs. Amerson said the students did everything -- made the invitations, addressed and stuffed envelopes, planned the menu and accompanying shopping lists, shopped, took care of paperwork, set up the tables and chairs, set the place settings, prepared food, greeted guests at the door, provided entertainment during the banquet and even cleaned up after it was over.
"I want to thank Superintendent (Jim) LeBrun and the school board for allowing us to have this banquet," Mrs. Amerson said at the beginning of the program. "The students really enjoyed getting to dress up, plan their party and practice their entertainment."
About 75 people enjoyed the party, including Board of Education members, members of the McDuffie Schools Central Office leadership team, Exceptional Student Services staff, all local principals, Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry and Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley.
Thomson Elementary students in Paige Mitchell's class rang jingle bells and sang. Thomson-McDuffie Middle students in Toni Bowen's class brought in one of their own dressed as Santa and sang songs about the old elf. THS student Shaquera Lewis read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Jacob Herndon sang Blue Christmas while Clarence Blakely accompanied him on the bass guitar.
Mrs. Amerson said she would like to thank Thomson Elementary students for making the table centerpieces and Thomson-McDuffie Middle students for making the holiday-themed place mats. She also thanked Margaret Samuels and Thomson Presbyterian Church for the use of their facility.