Over ten years ago the PTA and
Coulwood Middle School decided to provide a breakfast during the
holidays for the senior citizens in the community. It was a way of saying thank
you to what they have meant to this community. When it first began, some very
familiar folks around Coulwood did the cooking in the school cafeteria. Some of
those folks were Marilyn Killian, Wayne Laughter, teachers, coaches, and other
staff. The principal at that time was Judy Phillips. A couple of years later
Sherry Sigmon became principal. She loved what this event meant to the school
and community and it grew bigger and bigger. Many others have been a vital part
over the years like Reggie & Kathy King, Tommy & Linda Russell, Marty & Pam
Crosby, Vicki Skipper, Cindy Windell, and so many others. It was well accepted by
the community, students, and the staff of Coulwood Middle. It has become a regular
event the first Saturday in December.
Each year invitations are sent out to the surrounding churches in the community.
As the community has grown the church lists have grown too. We usually have over
For the first year we had a huge home-cooked breakfast including homemade
pancakes and all the trimmings. Over the years the CMS rules changed about the
use of the cafeteria so we hired the cafeteria staff to
cook the meal for us.
After a year or so we began getting the students involved by holding a penny
drive. The money they raised along with support from the PTA paid for this
event. Later we started having "Hat Day" for students and "Jean Day" for
teachers to raise money. Our fund-raisers have evolved as the years have gone by
since as the breakfast grew bigger the cost grew as well.
Some great traditions have become common place at this event. The students make
cards, placemats, and decorations. They decorate goodie bags for each senior
adult to take home. Many students come out early on the cold, first Saturday
each year. Many of the groups perform during the breakfast, the best holiday
show around. They sing, dance, cheer, step, play instruments, etc. The football
team, AVID, student council, and other groups serve as ambassadors and waiters.
Some of the traditions have
remained constant since the beginning. There are always gifts, door prizes, and
great things to take home for the holidays. For the past eleven years some of
the P.E. students and their teachers, Hattie McBryde and Suzanne Black, dance to
Mariah Carrey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You". Hattie McBryde and Suzanne
Black have also served as the coordinators for the breakfast the past 9 years.
A couple of years ago Santa and
Rudolph (Drama teacher, Ryan Collins and Spanish teacher, Tiffany Overcash) came
on the scene. The senior citizens really enjoy their interaction with the
audience. There are no words to describe the time, dedication, and love put
in to this by the students and staff. It has been said to be the highlight of
many of the senior citizens' Christmas season.
This year the new principal, Bob
Folk, decided that since it was a community event why not involve the businesses
in our school community. Bi-Lo, Bojangles, Chick-Fil-A, McDonalds and Walmart
donated breakfast items. The management from Bi-Lo came to prepared and served
the continental style breakfast.
Mr. Folk wanted the students to
be involved in the spirit of giving so he built a lesson around the book by Shel
Silverstein, "The Giving Tree". The character trait taught was "Sharing is
Caring". The students made origami ornaments out of holiday wrapping paper for
each guest to take home to put on their tree.
As time goes on there will be more traditions started but one of the best parts
is how rewarding it is to see how much the students mean to the senior citizens.
But even more rewarding is what the charitable event means to these children. Suzanne Black
Coulwood Community Council,
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