By Molly Seales
On Friday morning, December 17, Riverdale Academy in pre-k through 12 grade presented their annual Christmas program in front of a packed gymnasium filled with family and friends. Principal Danny Rester opened the program with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, and then we went straight into the program. The preschoolers were adorable in their antlers and their red noses as they presented “The Reindeer Pokey,” followed by the kindergarteners singing “Must Be Santa.” Next the first graders formed a sweet skit entitled “Five Little Christmas Trees;” the second grade followed them with “Here Comes Santa Claus.” The third grade sang “The Little Drummer Boy” as they played their drums, which were made out of large empty coffee containers. The fourth grade, under the direction of Mrs. Amanda Cason, did an awesome job performing “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” with handbells.
The fifth graders acted out Clement Clarke Moore’s famous story “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” They were followed with the sixth graders singing “Mary, Did You Know?” and the eighth graders with “Jingle Bell Rock.” The eighth graders shared the book The Legend of the Candy Cane and presented each class with candy canes and laminated bookmarks. The next act was a hilarious rendition of “The Redneck 12 Days of Christmas” by the freshman class. The sophomore class did the narration for the program. The junior KREB News team had been working since October and released their Christmas special news edition about the true meaning of Christmas. Elementary students were in the production telling their version of what probably happened the night that Jesus was born. You can watch this and follow the KREB News on YouTube. The senior’s performance was outstanding, and it will be hard for future senior classes to match it. Under the direction of Dr. Hunter Brown, the class played “White Christmas” using 5 gallon buckets and drumsticks. It was unbelievably good!
The program ended with all students singing “Born is the King” with soloists and a live band. 6th grade student Hayden Cason played the drums, 8th grade student Charity Williams played the keyboard, and staff member Kym Dabbs played the flute. Soloists were Cameron Bamburg, Maddie Baxley, Hasty Davis, Brooklyn Giddings, Ellie Reese Hillman, Kandyn Nettles, Ryder Shaver, and Hope Williamson. The audience sang along on the chorus. After the program, the classes had their Christmas parties and then were dismissed at 11:30 for Christmas Break. The faculty, staff, and students of Riverdale would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful year in 2022!
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