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Surprise Holiday Pop-Up Assembly at IHS

“Pop-Up” Assembly at Independence High School Enjoyed by Students and Staff

On Friday, December 20, the day before winter break at Independence High School, school administration planned a surprise holiday “pop-up” assembly for the student body.  While students participated in several activities, the staff was treated to a delicious holiday breakfast.

After being inspired by speaker Kahrin Spear, who shared her story of following her dreams and passion which led to her current career of telling stories through videography, students were able to enjoy several “pop-up” stations throughout the school.  Therapy dogs were located in the lobby so students could relax with some four-legged friends.  “Just Dance” was located in the library as well as the showing of a holiday movie and board games.  In the cafeteria, holiday music was played and students were able to make cards for military families, teachers and a local senior assisted living home.  There was plenty of cookies and hot cocoa in the cafe and many students enjoyed playing “Battle Ball” in the gym led by Superintendent Ben Hegedish and Assistant Superintendent Tom Dreiling.  Students also were also able to participate in a raffle for more than $200 worth of great prizes.

“Both our students and staff deserved to start their holiday break with some relaxation and fun,” said Counselor Mary Dolejs.  “Many thanks to Key Club, IHS PTO and the City of Independence for co-sponsoring the speaker as well as Mrs. George, Mrs. Pappas, Mr. McGuinness, Emily Steinbrenner (IHS Alumni), and too many others to mention. We could not have made this “pop-up” possible without the help of so many. We have such grateful hearts for the team effort!”
therapy dog with students
students enjoying holiday cookies
students enjoying battle ball in gym
students playing UNO
students watching holiday movie

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