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Students celebrate Christmas in July

July 29, 2004

Thomasville - Two things you may not expect to hear in the middle of the summer: Christmas Carols, and Santa Claus. But today is Christmas in July for Some Thomasville children. "How can you have Christmas and it's only July?" asks Khalid Jones.

Well, that's a good question. "We just decided the spirit of Christmas needed to be alive all year round," says Thomasville Resource Center Director Liz Crockett.

Since kids are getting ready to go back to school, Santa brought them something useful. "I got pencils, paper, and I got two notebooks," says 3rd Grader Kenyetta Jones.

All of the students got brand new book bags, something they and their parents can appreciate. "I think the parents will be very appreciative of it," says Debra Yearby. "because these are supplies that they don't have to go out and purchase now, and book bags are very expensive."

In addition to receiving, these students got to take part in another Christmas tradition, giving, and giving thanks to those who gave to them. Crockett says, "I just feel good because they were excited that they got them and they're still over there poking there to see what's in there and I think the parents will appreciate it too, because it's going to be a big help."

And that's something even third grader Kenyetta Jones can appreciate. She says, "They [my parents] don't have to go spend a lot of money on buying school supplies."

Instead, they can all enjoy their very merry Christmas in July. Thomasville city and county schools start back on Monday.

posted at 5:18 PM by karen.collier@walb.com

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