Holiday party offered for grade school students

Marshalltown High School students invite grade school students to the Not In Our Town holiday party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the MHS cafeteria.

During the event, coordinated by MHS students, kindergarten through eighth grade students and preschoolers, accompanied by an adult, will make holiday crafts, have cookies and sing.

“We invited all of the area children to come and make ornaments and holiday crafts,” said Laurie Rink, NIOT coordinator. “Then they will wrap those up before they go home and put them under the tree for family members. It’s something they can give for Christmas.”

Santa, as well as holiday singers will also make an appearance.

“Mrs. (Amy) Ose has arranged her holiday singers to come and spend some time with us and lead students in holiday singing,” Rink said. “Plus they are going to sing for us too.”

Rink said students do not have to stay the entire time.

“Last year most of them did,” Rink said. “They were busy creating crafts, nobody wanted to leave.”

The party is free, Rink only asks for students to bring a sheet of paper with their name, their parents’ name and a phone number they could contact them at.

This is the second year NIOT has thrown a holiday party for students. The holiday party is held to bring the high school and grade school students closer, so later they can work with each other to prevent bullying issues.

“We are building relationships between high school kids and grade school kids and getting them comfortable with each other by doing things together,” Rink said. “The NIOT group’s goal is to get into the grade schools and do work with them, specially with bullying issues.”

Rink said in February she wants to get them together again to work on anti-bullying issues.