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Party motivates Dewey L. Carter students

December 19, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – Some Dewey L. Carter Elementary School students celebrated the holidays with crafts, games and snacks Monday during the annual Jingle Bell Rock Party.

The Jingle Bell Rock Party is for students who achieve their basic facts, or foundational math facts, such as multiplication and addition problems. First- through third-grade students took part in the party Monday, and fourth- through sixth-grade students will take part in a party today.

Math and science coach Beth Moore said this helps motivate the students to learn, and it helps them greatly in the classroom.

“It motivates a lot of them,” she said. “It’s really just a matter of them practicing them at home to learn them. So this really motivates them to practice with their parents.”

During the day, the students rotate to different stations where they can make holiday-themed snacks and crafts, such as reindeer food and snowman snacks, or play games, such as a present-stacking relay.

The Jingle Bell Rock party started five years ago as a way to reward students for learning their basic math facts, Moore said.

Over the years, Moore said the party has grown, and this year it had 80 more students eligible for the party than last year, which brings them to a total of 500 students.

Joanna Gray, a teacher assistant at Dewey L. Carter Elementary, said she enjoys getting to work individually with the children on something fun. Gray said she particularly enjoys seeing the children take part in a melted-bead project, because students meticulously work to put the beads together.

Gray said the students almost compete with one another to get into the Jingle Bell Rock Party.

Third-grader Tealey Lambert took part in the party for the second consecutive year.

“It’s really cool, because you get to play around,” Lambert said. “I kind of like it, especially because I got to hang out with my best friend.”

Lambert said her favorite activity was making snowman snacks.

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