This year, for a special holiday treat, the Veronica E. Connor Middle School PTA funded the production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," presented by the Hampstead Stage Theatre Company of New Hampshire. This two-actor traveling show portrayed the traditional story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his interaction with the Cratchit family, as well as the ghosts that change Scrooge's views on others one Christmas Eve.
After the performance, the 762 middle school students were inspired to become more appreciative of those who give so much to the school each and every day. Each student chose one or more bus drivers, office staff, hall monitors, library aides, cafeteria workers, teacher aides, nurses, school related personnel, or day/night custodians to whom to write. These school related personnel received a specially decorated card and envelope from the VCMS Positive Intervention Behavioral Services team filled with letters from the students. One recipient was tearful, explaining that the messages reminded her that taking the time to be patient and listen to adolescent concerns is so necessary and is much appreciated.
The idea was spurred by "Rachel's Challenge", a middle school and high school initiative to promote a positive school culture of kindness and compassion, in remembrance of the first victim of the Columbine High School disaster, Rachel Scott.
Pictured (photo No. 1) are lunch monitors Deborah Mucci, Barbara Liesenfeld and Kathy Kemp. Also shown (photo No. 2) are the school's lunch servers with their gifts.