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St. Charles students spell it out

February 9, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Families gathered at St. Charles School in Boardman as the entire student population of 427 dressed up to represent a word they selected ahead of time in the school's vocabulary parade. The event not only taught each student a new word, but let them demonstrate their creative abilities as well.

The idea was inspired by the book, "Miss Alaineus, A Vocabulary Disaster," written by Debra Fraiser. All students kindergarten through eighth grade, teachers and faculty selected a challenging word to share and dressed up like that word using costumes and props. The students then paraded around the gym and each student had the opportunity to announce and define their word for the rest of the school.

"We did it a few years back and it was a big hit," said Home and School President Stacey Wallace. "We decided to bring it back this year."

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
St. Charles fourth-grader Brady Leugers, and seventh-graders Gigi Luaranta and Mia Battista showcase their vocabulary knowledge mixed with a little creative thinking as they participated in the school's vocabulary parade, Wednesday, Feb. 1.

She said one of the nice things about the program is the fact all grade levels can get involved. The words would be simpler for the kindergarten classes, while the upper grades would be dealing with more difficult words.

"It's a good opportunity to learn new words," Wallace said.

The event was held during Catholic Schools Week, which Principal Mary Welsh said made a good fit.

"Catholic Schools Week across the nation is about celebrating and having fun," Welsh said. "We just put a twist on it."

The staff dressed up as well and each had their own word. School secretary Lisa Jordan was adorned in a bumble bee costume.

"I'm the school secretary," she said. "I'm as busy as a bee." Of course, Jordan's word was "busy."



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