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Waverly students shop for holidays at annual Spirit of Giving event

Posted on: December 15, 2017

Thirty volunteers helped Waverly’s 300 students in kindergarten through fifth grade do their Christmas shopping before leaving for winter break.

The fourth annual Waverly Elementary School Spirit of Giving event is a school and community favorite that brings volunteers and donations to the school so students can shop for holiday gifts.

Each student is allowed to choose a gift for each member of their family. There are more than 1,000 gift items to choose from. The gifts are made possible through community donations and a $1,000 donation from Walmart that allows the school to purchase in-demand gifts such as board games and gifts for men. “Without the Walmart grant, it would be hard to have enough gifts,” said counselor Ann Bailey.

The volunteers come in to help with set-up, gift wrapping, shopping assistance and tear-down. “We have beautiful and generous community members,” said Baily. “We couldn’t do this without them.”

This year’s event brought an extra special guest to the school. Linn County Judge Daniel Murphy visited every classroom to hand out candy canes and hugs.

Gift wrapping at the Spirit of Giving event.

Santa Claus talks to students.

Santa Claus with students.

Santa Claus with students.

Santa Claus

Student prepares a Christmas gift tag.

A student shops at the Spirit of Giving event.

Students shop at the Spirit of Giving event.

Wrapping Christmas gifts.

A student shops at the Spirit of Giving event.

Students shop at the Spirit of Giving event.

A student shops at the Spirit of Giving event.

Waverly students shop at the Spirit of Giving event.

School Board honors Waverly Elementary Student All Stars

Posted on: December 13, 2017

On Monday, the School Board honored Student All-Stars from Waverly Elementary School for earning the highest scores on the 2016-17 state assessments in language arts, math and science.

The students were introduced by Principal Anne Griffith. Waverly students are:

Erica Hildenbrand, fourth-grade English language arts
Erica loves to read a wide variety of books and willingly shares her understanding of the stories. She is a creative writer who always includes many details.

Takoda Cunningham, fourth-grade math
Takoda perseveres through challenges and looks for new and different ways to solve problems. He looks for and finds patterns and structures in numbers.

Jaelyn Johnson, third-grade English language arts
Jaelyn is an incredibly hard worker who is always focused and determined to understand new concepts and ideas. Jaelyn is a kind friend to everyone.

Caelen Riley, third-grade math
Caelen is a learner who is eager for a challenge and challenges himself. He is always making sense of number systems and is always willing to share his thinking and learning with his classmates.

Not present: Anthony Vestal, fifth-grade science.

Albany Public Schools Foundation funds more than $37,000 in classroom grants

Posted on: November 28, 2017

Albany Public Schools Foundation announced classroom grant awards for 67 projects, totaling $37,683. The annual awards provide funds to enhance classroom projects and educational experiences.

APSF raises money every year to support GAPS schools through the annual iSwim, iRun and iCelebrate Gala fundraisers.

Any teacher in the district can apply for a classroom grant. This year, there were 79 proposals for projects including electronics, robotics, art, reading music and PE.

See the list of grant awards. 
Read more about Albany Public Schools Foundation.