Jennings Randolph Elementary honors students

Students, teachers and staff at Jennings Randolph Elementary School have been celebrating many “bucket-filling” days recently at their school.

The school chose “bucket-fillers” as their theme this year from Carol McCloud’s book, “Have You Filled a Bucket Today A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids.”

Recently, officials from the Mountain State Forest Festival stopped by to announce that this year’s Woodly the Elf is Alexis Ayers, a fifth-grade student at the school. Her poster was picked as winner from a field of 33 wonderful entries.

Also representing Jennings Randolph Elementary School during the Forest Festival will be fifth-grader Jocelyn Martin, a runner-up in the Woodly the Elf poster contest. Martin will ride a float in the MSFF Parade of Children with three other runner-up winners.

During the assembly, third -grade teacher Ann Burkhammer Auvil was named the Jennings Randolph Elementary Teacher of the Year. Auvil said she was excited to be selected and enjoys working with the students.

“I love this honor because of all of the students,” Auvil said. “They work so hard and I do what I do because of them. The students make a big difference in my life, and I want to give back to them and make a difference in their lives as well.”

The assembly included the school students performing “The Bucket Filler Song” and a performance by the school band. All of the JRES cheerleaders and basketball players were introduced. The team had a great winning season and the students cheered to show their appreciation for their classmates’ hard work.

JRES students Hannah Easton and Bryanna Phillips were recognized for their poster entries in the Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs contest. Both students are in fourth grade and received a fishing pole and certificate for their prize.

A schoolwide fundraiser included selling spring flower bulbs, and the three top sellers were given a bicycle for their hard work. The first-place winner was Asa Streets, a third-grade student; the second-place winner was Zayah Hedrick, a second-grade student; and third place was captured by Makayla Harvey, a kindergarten student.

The school’s principal, Rebecca Whiteman, said she is proud of all of her students.

“It is fun to have a day like today when we can share in each other’s accomplishments and have fun,” Whiteman said. “We have a great deal to be proud of, and want to encourage the students to always do their best to succeed.”