It’s Elementary by Brandy Blanton

Thank you to Marilyn Dowdy for her donation of clothes to our clothing closet. Our clothing closet is still in need of slightly used or new boy’s and girl’s shoes and new boy’s and girl’s underwear. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated.

Fair Elementary’s cookie dough fundraiser kicked off on Wednesday, September 5th and will end on Friday, September 14th. Please remember that the money for the fundraiser is due in the office on September 14th by 8:00 am. The proceeds will help to buy educational supplies and learning materials; this money also is used to help pay for the Perfect Attendance Party that is help at the end of the school year. Students will be eligible to win various prizes, based on the amount they sell. The top 5 sellers will receive cash prizes. Any student who sells 75 tubs of cookie dough will receive $100 in cash! Students who sell 18 tubs of cookie dough will win the “Hummer Pizza Party,” which has become a favorite of Fair students. These students actually get to leave school for one day in the stretch Hummer. They are taken to Pizza Hut for lunch and then transported back to school in style.

Students in grades K-4 and K-5 at Fair Elementary were not even born on September 11, 2001; but, they were active participants in the Patriot Day program that was held around the flagpole on September 11, 2012. Students and staff wore Red, White, or Blue tops with uniform bottoms in honor of Patriot Day. The Patriot Day program was directed by our music teacher, Mark Goldbeck.

Thank you to Regina Merritt, Nanette Coburn, Linda Coleman, and Shana Moore from the America Reads Program for also helping in making this Patriot Day program possible. Students, staff, and parents were on hand for this meaningful ceremony.

Students and staff pledged allegiance to the flag with hands over hearts. Chet Wilkes, Fair Elementary’s Assistant Principal, explained to the students what happened on September 11, 2001, and that all flags should be flown at half-staff on this day. He explained to the students that this day is a time to pay tribute to our national heroes and to remember those who were taken from us eleven years ago. Mrs. Sheridan’s K-4 class sang a patriotic song, Three Cheers for the Red White and Blue. Mrs. Warren’s K-5 class sang This Land Is Your Land. Mrs. Chapell’s K-5 class held up letters spelling out PATRIOT and recited what each letter stood for. Mr. Goldbeck led the crowd in several other patriotic songs during the program.

REMEMBER: • School begins at 7:50 am • School day pictures are September 18th. Students can wear a shirt of their choice with uniform bottoms on this day only. • We are still in need of donations for our children’s clothing closet. • We are still collecting Box Tops; any child that brings in 10 box tops will receive a prize from the prize box.