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Students creating connections this holiday season

By Heather Graves

GREEN BAY – Though the consolidation of Fort Howard and Jefferson Elementary School won’t happen until the beginning of next school year, students are already creating connections this holiday season.

On Friday, Dec. 13, the second-grade class at Fort Howard spent time making holiday cards for their second-grade peers at Jefferson.

The cards included students’ favorite colors, favorite foods, birthdays and what they enjoy most about school, as well as drawings of themselves so their faces would be familiar when they meet.

“Creating connections between the students, staff and families of Jefferson and Fort Howard Elementary Schools is very important to a smooth transition for next school year,” said DeAnn Lehman, Fort Howard principal. “The students are enjoying learning about each other, and we plan to create opportunities for them to meet after winter break.”

Lori Blakeslee, director of communication for the Green Bay school district, said the cards are just one of the many ways in which Fort Howard students are engaging with their Jefferson peers.

“Various classes have sent video clips, emails and other correspondences,” Blakeslee said. “Students mentioned many times this morning that they hope to make new friends next year.”

The school board voted at the end of October to consolidate the two lower enrollment schools at the start of the 2020-21 school year.

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