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Elementary schools combine for holiday celebration

December 20, 2018

LAUGHLIN — Harry Reid Elementary School of Searchlight and William Bennett Elementary School of Laughlin were present at the holiday celebration held at Laughlin Junior/Senior High School Auditorium.

After a warm welcome by Dawn Estes, principal of Bennett Elementary and Laughlin Junior/Senior High School, the fourth- and fifth-grade choir performed first, singing a couple of songs including “Child of Bethlehem” and “Light a Candle.”

They were followed by the first-grade choir, which sang “Don’t Forget To Be Thankful.”

After the students performed, the master of ceremonies asked if the students were ready to see a special dance by the teachers, a question that initiated a resounding “yes!” from those assembled.

A couple of the Bennett teachers performed a funny dance which had the elementary school students laughing with joy.

Once the teachers had danced their way off the stage, Baile Folklorico was performed by Nevaeh Bouse, Shyann Simpson, Kevaughn Valarde, Alejandro Ruiz, Breanna Coiffi, and Antoinette Robertson, all students from Bennett.

The troupe performed two songs and was inundated with applause from the crowd.

Robert Ellis stepped up on the stage and told all the performers that they did a wonderful job. He thanked Estes for doing such a wonderful job in the school district and thanked Harry Ried Elementary School for being in attendance.

Estes said that all the shoes that were given to students from pre-

kindergarten through 12th grade were donated by Ellis as well as all of the gifts.

Benefactor Ellis, of Henderson, said he’s been making such donations for 15 years. The effort now extends to 25 Nevada schools.

Ellis said he and his wife, Sandy, spend about $250,000 a year on the campaign, possible after they sold their business 11 years ago.

“Every person dreams that if they ever had extra money, they’d like to help,” Ellis said. “We just want to see smiles the faces of the kids.”

One of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Laughlin Substation officers talked about bullying.

He told the students that if they see someone being bullied to tell an adult right away. He reminded the students that if they’ve ever been bullied they are not alone. There are always people to help and the best thing to do is to help one another by telling an adult.

Benjamin Day, Harry Reid principal, thanked Estes for inviting the elementary to be part of the program. He told the elementary students that a leader doesn’t think of himself first but he puts others before him. He reminded them that in this holiday season to think of what they could do for others and what they can do to make Christmas a little better for a friend.

At the tail end of the program, Santa Claus made a surprise appearance and asked the students if they’ve all been good throughout the year, they all said “Yes!”

Santa reminded them that they need to be good students all the time and be kind to others even after Christmas was over.

The time came that all the student were anxiously waiting for, gifts.

During the time that the students were receiving their gifts, they made their way across the stage to receive a special New Years Chinese ornament.

The gifts that were distributed to each elementary school student were all donated by Ellis as well.

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