Watertown City School District holds winter celebration for students and teachers

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Watertown City School District students at Case Middle School were busy on the final day before holiday break decorating, painting and making holiday cookies.

Students got to choose which activities they wanted to do with what interests them — watch a movie, do crafts, use the weight room, play basketball and more.

There were three transitional periods with the first one starting around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Some of the events were holiday themed, others were not.

Case Principal Erin King said that part of the reason it’s important to have this break from the traditional school day is because December can be a long month for students.

“We really like kids to be able to take a break from that normal schedule for them,” she said. “A lot of people look forward to the holidays, but not necessarily everybody. And some of our kids don’t necessarily look forward to the vacation as much as everybody does, and so this is just kind of a way for our family to take a break and enjoy one another before we head off into that holiday.”

She said some children enjoy “the safety of school” with their friends and the staff at Case Middle School.

“It’s difficult for them to be away from the safety of school and the community of school,” she said. “This is a nice way to celebrate together in a non-traditional school setting way.”

King said they have also done a holiday sale for the kids, in which kids can use the “Case Cash” that they earn through good behavior.

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