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MAES reads bedtime stories

MEYERSDALE - In a “normal” year the halls and classrooms at the Meyersdale Area Elementary School are filled with holiday cheer, laughter and Christmas spirit. As faculty, staff and students adjust to the many changes experienced during this school year, one thing has remained unchanged - the commitment and dedication the staff and faculty have for their students. 


In order to bring a sense of holiday fun to students, the staff and faculty have launched two initiatives - Bedtime Stories and Morning Announcements. Throughout the month of December, staff members signed up to record daily messages to share with the children.


Beginning on December 7, staff members recorded themselves reading Christmas stories each day until the beginning of Christmas break on December 23. 


Stories include “Moseltoe,” “Santa’s Noisy Night,” “Dasher” and everyone’s favorite “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Mrs. Kathy Emert kicked off the story series with “Bear Stays Up for Christmas.”


On December 22, Mrs. Jessica Rosenberger will  present “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”


“I am so excited to share this book - this is my very favorite Christmas story,” she explained. 


Rosenberger said the moral of this famous tale resonates with her, particularly during these difficult times.


“The message is so  important  especially during these tough times. In the story, the Grinch’s heart grows bigger than normal and reminds you that the true meaning of Christmas comes from the heart and not the gifts,” Rosenberger explained. 


When Media Specialist Stacy Kucenic sent out a sheet requesting narrators, the response was immediate and all the time slots filled quickly. She said the staff has embraced this project as a way to reach out to students and remind them how much their teachers miss them.

"The bedtime stories project gives us a chance to stay connected to our students and embrace the holiday spirit,” she added.


Recordings of the MAES Bedtime Stories will be posted on the District’s webpage, under the Canvas Library page. Reminders of the evening’s selection are also posted on the MAES Facebook page.