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Updated: 12/11/2013 08:00:03AM

Lewis Anna Woodbury celebrates families

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Since we’re in the holiday season, what better time to celebrate the family than now?

That’s exactly what Fort Meade’s Lewis Anna Woodbury did recently with a number of special “Family Week” activities.

LAW celebrated Polk County Family Week in style, starting with the announcement that fourth grader Olivia Cobb won second place in the Polk County Family Week Essay Contest, and fifth grader Sheniya Morawitz won third place. This year’s theme was “Why I Love My Family.”

The week continued with a focus on Internet safety as Sheriff Grady Judd and his team spoke with about 150 students and family members about ways to monitor children and ensure their safety in our digital age.

The Great American Teach-in featured a plethora of outstanding speakers.

“Students had the opportunity to learn about pioneer days in central Florida, the workings of Polk County government, behind the scenes action at Legoland, and some got to touch real cows and milk them, among other exciting teach-in events,” Principal Sue Bizerra noted.

The school’s cafeteria staff, led by Denise Barrington, had plenty of extra mouths to feed and worked hard in preparation for over 1,000 guests for LAW’s pre Thanksgiving annual Family Feast.

And kindergartners enjoyed a second feast all their own to experience the coming together of the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

During the week, with a challenge from Cassie Avellaneda, students collected more than 1,700 cans of food to donate to families in need and then celebrated with our Pie in the Face reward.

Students who had demonstrated good behavior choices throughout the month got to wrap up the week with a craft fest, where they rotated through stations and worked together to create delightful decorations for the school float that will be entered in this weekend’s community Christmas parade.

“It was truly an outstanding week of celebrating family and community at Lewis Anna Woodbury,” Bizerra said.

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