By NATALIE SCOTT
Kindergarten students in Elaine Fabrizi and Nick Henry’s classes at Dobbins Elementary School visited Blackburn Home Dec. 20 to spread some Christmas cheer to the residents. This event has been a tradition for Dobbins kindergarten students for many years and is one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season for the children.
After getting set up to sing, the students performed such traditional holiday songs as “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Up On the House Top,” “Deck the Halls,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Silent Night,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Jingle Bells,” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” They even performed some of the more contemporary holiday classics, such as “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” and “I’m Getting Nothing for Christmas.”
After the performance, the children passed out Christmas cards and gingerbread cookies they had made to the residents at Blackburn. The residents then had the opportunity to chat with and read to the students before they went back to the school.
As a special treat, students and residents had the opportunity to listen to Mark and Kathleen Lyda perform. The two performers are parents of students at Dobbins and often come to help Dobbins students with their music lessons. Mark accompanied the students’ performance on the piano to offer clarity that singing along with a CD could not provide.