Keeping up with Colonial

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More Pumpkin Chunkin'

Who said pumpkin chunkin' can only happen around Halloween? The Colonial Early Education Program let the preschoolers hurl their decorated pumpkins across the parking lot this month, much to the delight of the little Colonials.

Governor Visits Carrie Downie

Governor John Carney was invited to read to students in Ms. Wooten's second-grade class.The kids had a great time with the chief executive who turned the tables by letting the students read one book aloud to him. Whoot, Whoot!

Socktober was the Right Fit!

Every year teacher Lisa Mims has students and staff collect new socks for the homeless during the month of October. This year, more than 1,500 pair were collected, with nine-year old Jalen Cutillo bringing in the biggest bounty of 1000 pairs, thanks to help from her grandmother! The socks were donated to the Sunday Breakfast Mission and Ministry of Caring. Now that's the way to sock-it-to-them!

A Bountiful Harvest at George Read

Take a look at all of the fresh produce harvested by students at George Read Middle School. Cafeteria Manager Kanir Malone and Jean Smiley will make certain all of the healthy veggies are served up in lunches for students and staff. All of Colonial's school gardens keep our cafeterias supplied with fresh, healthy options for kids. Students enjoy eating the veggies because they know they had a hand in planting and harvesting them...that's why the Farm to School program is so popular!

A Salute to Veterans at the Big E

Eisenberg Elementary School held its annual Veterans Day Celebration, beginning with breakfast. Students with relatives or friends who served or are still active in the military invited the special guests. The vets were then greeted by little ones with handmade flags, along with admintrators and staff as they were paraded down the hallway leading to the auditorium for a special program. The chorus and drum line performed and the vets were given red, white, and blue T-shirts as a gift of thanks for serving our country!

6th Annual Healthcare Career Fair

Dozens of representatives in the healthcare industry showed up at the Delaware State Fire School to talk to William Penn's Allied Health students.  First responders and higher education representatives were on hand too. Some William Penn graduates working in the industry returned to share their experiences with students.

Pre-Thanksgiving at Leach

Colonial School Board Vice President Lucy Kennedy (left) and Delaware First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney (right) joined other administrators and staff who made a pre-Thanksgiving feast extra special for students and their families. The kids loved the costumes and the delicious food prepared by the district's Nutrition Services Division. Gobble, gobble!

Turkey Harvesting Time

William Penn Ag students saw the serious side of dealing with farm animals. Turkeys that the students started raising at the beginning of the school year under the watchful eye of teacher Karen Ferrucci (pictured above) were carried to a portable harvesting station driven up from Delaware State University. After the harvesting process, the fresh turkey meat was raffled off to district employees and students. The turkey meat was brined by students in Culinary Arts who also got some real-life skills out of the project.

Turkey Day!

All students in Colonial enjoyed a pre-Thanksgiving meal before going home for the holiday. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Menzer (left) helped serve at William Penn, while Superintendent Dr. Dusty Blakey (right) joined Nutrition Services Workers at Wilmington Manor. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Grandparents & Time-Warp Day at Wilbur

Grandparents and Time-Warp Day  tops the list  of special occasions at Wilbur. Everyone enjoys the special day of costumes and sharing classroom time with someone grand!

George Read Winners

Students Wyatt Perchik and Nicholas McVey were both first-place winners in the New Castle County Volunteer Firefighters poster and essay contest. The award-winning students are pictured with their very proud teachers. Way to go!

Fat Turkey Day Tour at Carrie Downie 

Thanks to Ms. Batten, a kindergarten teacher at Carrie Downie, a tradition she started 13-years ago continued at Carrie Downie. Batten's students paraded from room to room singing a cute song with hand gestures that ends when the children shouted "Happy Thanksgiving!" Retiring school counselor Linda Hayes got a special serenade since she won't return after the holiday break having spent 24-years in the Colonial School District.

Stockings for Soldiers

Students at Leach  participated in the 16th Annual Stockings for Soldiers campaign. The students will be sending Christmas stockings stuffed with goodies to soldiers serving in the armed forces. With the help of staff, the kids pressed adaptive devices that made a sewing machine run. Leach students helping others by bringing holiday cheer...isn't that special!

Digital Media Has it Covered!

Thanks to students taking Digital Media, special events like William Penn's pep rally get plenty of photos. These kids are focused on following their hobbies and career passions!

Honors for our Super Superintendent!

Educators supporting a move to bring preschool to all public schools like Superintendent Dr. Dusty Blakey did in Colonial gave him a parting gift before he retires in January. The NAACP also honored Blakey at its 15th Annual Freedom Fund banquet for his outstanding contributions in education. Congrats!
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