By NATALIE SCOTT
First-grade students at Woodside Elementary School put on a holiday program about a family of bears that learns a lesson about sharing and the Christmas spirit Dec. 20.
The program told the story of a family who was missing one of its members during the holiday season. At first, the family thinks only of selfish things, such as presents and eating candy, but upon reflecting over the absence of their beloved Teddy, they beg Santa to return all of their presents and bring Teddy home from college to celebrate with them.
A select group of students portrayed the family of bears and the characters, such as Santa, that aid the family while the rest of the students acted as a chorus around them. The songs had traditional holiday themes, like missing one’s family and wanting to spend time together. The songs also allowed students to explore the idea that Christmas is not just about receiving, but also about giving.
The program ended with a performance of We Wish You a Merry Christmas and then Principal Dennis Rice brought out his guitar and played Christmas songs for the assembly to sing along to, such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, and Feliz Navidad.