Students at Douglas MacArthur joined together in their outdoor lab on Friday, April 27 to celebrate Arbor Day. As part of the annual celebration, student council members wrote and recited poems about the importance of trees. Students also enjoyed the presentation of a new tree that will be planted on the DM grounds.
For Valentine’s Day the kindergarteners at Douglas MacArthur had a wonderful treat. They were served a large, heart-healthy breakfast as an alternative to the regular sugar-filled treats for the day. The students enjoyed their meal and the opportunity to learn about healthy meal choices.
The student council of Douglas MacArthur held a food drive as part of its service learning project. The school collected 1,231 food items that were donated to Gleaner’s Food Bank. As part of the collection, some of the collected items will be used to make “Weekend Backpacks” for school-aged children to take meals home with them over a weekend. The project will be concluded with a school-wide family night that demonstrates staying active and healthy eating for families.
Douglas MacArthur Elementary School was honored by Sam’s Club with a large donation made to the school. Sam’s Club held a reception at MacArthur and kindly donated ten $100 gift cards to the school. Each grade level received a gift card as well as other departments, such as the cafeteria, custodial, office, and special areas. Sam’s Club chose MacArthur for the donations to show appreciation for all school personnel across the state who make positive impacts on students and the community.
The Douglas MacArthur PTA held its annual Fun Fair on Saturday, September 24th. This annual event provides students, families, and staff a chance to get together for games, prizes, raffles, and food. Children had fun bouncing in the bounce house, sliding down the inflatable slide, getting their faces painted, and playing games like Ring Toss, Football Throw, Cake Walk, and the Sucker Tree. Attendees entered raffles for an IPOD, an American Girl Doll, a game basket, or gift certificates. The school held a contest in the weeks prior to the event to see which classroom could bring in the most donations of snack cakes and sodas to be used in the games. Miss Warble’s Kindergarten class won the contest and will earn a popcorn party from the PTA! Thanks to the DM PTA and its many volunteers.
Douglas MacArthur recently hosted its first annual Dance-a-Thon. Students joined teachers and parents to dance the night away in the school’s gymnasium. First Grade Teacher Mrs. Suzy Hall taught students new dances such as the Macarena and the Electric Slide. At the end of the evening, students participated in a dance contest. The judges announced the winners with most original and eye catching moves! Marissa Turner, a 3rd grade student, and Dailen Harlen, a 4th grade student, were announced as the top girl and boy winner. They each took home a trophy. This event was hosted by Mrs. Susan Becker, Mrs. Jenny McAllister, Ms. Carrah Campbell, and Mrs. Leah Bley as part of a service learning project. Over $600 was raised, with the money being donated toward a peace-keeping mission in Afghanistan. The Dad’s Club provided refreshments for the event.
Douglas MacArthur has a new school song! Dedicated teachers wrote lyrics to a tune composed by music teacher Jenny McAllister.Spotlight Singers Perform School Song
Fourth grade students at Douglas MacArthur visited the Statehouse on October 19th. As the tour was ending, Gov. Daniels walked through the Statehouse and paused for a bit to greet the excited students. Some of the children commented that after shaking his hand that they were never going to wash that hand again!! Mrs. Campbell, 4th grade teacher, noted that this is the first time that a Governor has made an appearance with our students while at the Statehouse.
Douglas MacArthur Elementary School students raise funds for soldiers and veterans with community members. Douglas MacArthur has a partnership with Veterans of Valor and Citizens Gas. Students write letters and make cards to send to soldiers and veterans serving overseas or recovering in the hospital. To learn more about Service Learning in school, visit their website at www.servicelearning.org