Getting into the holiday spirit at Richard Avenue Elementary

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Richard Avenue Elementary School families braved the cold in order to participate in the first annual Outdoor Holiday Family Night on Nov. 19. Hosted by the school’s Parent Teacher Association, the event had a number of activities to get people into the holiday spirit through cookie decoration stations, pictures with Santa, a screening of “The Grinch” and horse rides for the little ones. Shown here putting the finishing touches on their sugar cookies are siblings (pictured from left to right) Bentley, Gavin, and Joseph Walsh. Bentley highly recommended eating the frosting.
The planned horse-and-carriage ride was scrapped due to an uncooperative horse but Heidi Hotlosz (right) and her daughter Ava Blevins made the most of the situation by using the carriage as a background for a photo opportunity.
Willow Cooper, a third grader at Richard Avenue, gets a selfie with the Grinch (aka Fred Lockard IV).
Franklin Heights High School key club members Jaquelin Rebollar, Nathaniel Wimbley, and Valery Rojas (pictured from left to right) were in charge of preparing the hot chocolate to warm up the attendees. Richard Avenue principal Catherine Moore said more than 40 high school students volunteered to help run the event.
The Mount Sterling based Horse-N-Round Fun provided students with the opportunity to ride one of their horses at the event. Here, third grader Ethan Agler takes them up on their offer, bonding with the 16-year-old paint horse Maverick during their jaunt around the school.

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