It's an effort to build connections among Marshalltown students and spread a little bit of holiday cheer at the same time.
Marshalltown High School is hosting a holiday craft party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the school's cafeteria.
The school is inviting all Marshalltown district students in kindergarten through eighth grade to join MHS students and staff and make holiday ornaments and crafts. They are encouraged to bring a student picture of themselves to use to make an ornament.
T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER
Marshalltown High School students are shown Monday with craft items as they prepare for a holiday craft party at the school scheduled for Saturday. Pictured are, front row, from left, Libby Crawford, Mercedies Bills and Trey Quick. Back row, teacher Laurie Rink, Armando Torres, Jason Tuttle, Nicole Leyen and Kylie Menter.
This event is designed to build connections among all ages of students as part of the Not In Our Town anti-bullying campaign.
"It's a way to become friendly with the younger kids so eventually we can go into those schools and teach them about anti-bullying," said MHS teacher Laurie Rink, a staff leader of the NIOT effort.
The event is free and Rink said parents can drop off their children for the party. There will also be cookies and punch.
If you go ...
WHAT: Holiday craft party for Marshalltown K-8 students
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Marshalltown High School cafeteria
Kylie Menter, an MHS sophomore, is one of the student volunteers in the MHS NIOT Club and feels the event will help the anti-bullying campaign, which she says is important.
"I think it's a really good cause because kids should know that bullying is not OK," Menter said.