25 January Washington Elementary Students Dress as Favorite Literary Characters January 25, 2013 By News News 0 Washington Elementary's PTO presented a Read-a-Thon in January to encourage a love of reading and raise money for the school. The Read-a-Thon included "Dress Like Your Favorite Character Day," a book swap for Washington families, and a number of guest readers including local politicans, community leaders and collegiate athletes. Students enjoyed dressing up as literary characters from some of their favorite books, which ranged from "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" to "Little House on the Prairie" to "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom." Click here to see a photo slideshow of some of the great literary character costumes! Related Articles Washington Elementary Students Recognized for Courage Washington Elementary students and First Student bus driver Pat Corbitt participate in a celebration at the school honoring the students who were passengers on the bus when Corbitt became ill while driving. While two students tended to Corbitt, others opened the emergency door and ushered younger children to safety. All students on the bus reacted to the emergency calmly and responsibly and were rewarded with a round of applause, certificates and gifts from proud Washington students, staff and First Student dignitaries. Benson West Elementary Students Enjoy New KaBOOM! Playground Benson West Elementary students are taking full advantage of their new KaBOOM! playground this fall. In early August, nearly 400 volunteers from Mutual of Omaha, Benson West, and the surrounding community spent one day working to replace decades-old equipment with a KaBOOM! playground. But this isn't just any playground--this is one designed by Benson West students themselves! Click here to see a video about the project. Washington Elementary Presents "A Walk in Your Shoes" Washington Elementary presented “A Walk in Your Shoes” in October--a service learning project that aims to help refugees in the Omaha community. Washington fourth-graders partnered with the UNO Service Learning Academy, Hike to Help Refugees and Lutheran Family Services to create biographies and educational stations that represent the journey of a refugee to the United States. Students invited their families and the community to talk part in a walk on October 30, which included stops at 12 learning stations led by the fourth-graders. The school also collected items for local agencies that serve refugees, including new socks and gently used shoes that will be distributed through Lutheran Family Services to refugees new to the area. Click here to see a photo slideshow from the "A Walk in Your Shoes" learning stations! Adams Elementary Students Bring Nebraska History to Life Adams Elementary students gained insight into Nebraska's history during "A Track Along the Trails" - an informational fair presented by the school's fourth-graders. To bring the history to life, fourth-graders set up stations around the gym and dressed up as important historical figures including Standing Bear, Sacagawea, Lewis and Clark, Edwin Perkins and Father Flanagan. They also provided information about Nebraska crops, early trading practices, the branches of government, state symbols and sources of natural energy. Participants were provided a clipboard and a worksheet to gather facts and answer questions related to the fair. All OPS fourth-graders study Nebraska history and this event gave Adams students an opportunity to share knowledge they've acquired throughout the school year. Click here to see a photo slideshow from "A Track Along the Trails." Belvedere Elementary Students Raise Money for Habitat for Humanity Belvedere Elementary Students Raise Money for Habitat for Humanity Belvedere Elementary student council members present a check to Habitat for Humanity representative Aly Eveland following a fundraiser in December. During "Nickels for Nails," students and staff donated loose change for a month, collecting a total of $476. Indian Hill Elementary Students Participate in Cinco de Mayo Parade Indian Hill Elementary students, staff and parents marched in Omaha's 25th annual Cinco de Mayo Parade in historic south Omaha. Pictured are Indian Hill students holding the banner for the school's "No Place for Hate" program. Students and staff worked hard all year to earn the banner from the Anti-Defamation League. Students signed a "No Place for Hate" pledge, and they recite the pledge together as a school every Monday. Comments are closed.