BRAWLEY — Family members of various students at Myron D. Witter Elementary School filled the playground area in anticipation of the school’s winter program, despite the alleged threats that were made to the school district through Facebook.
“I’m glad the school decided to go forward with the concert,” said Tina Gonzalez, a Brawley resident. “It retains some sort of normalcy for the kids and that’s what they need.”
Gonzalez was in attendance to see her son, a kindergartener, perform.
“I had to come,” she said. “He’s my last baby and I didn’t want either one of us to miss it.”
Gonzalez and a number of other parents were treated to a series of songs and a poem by the school’s kindergarteners and third-graders.
Christine Ybarra’s third-grade class, presented “Twas the Noche Before Christmas,” which drew abundant laughter from the crowd.
The traditional Christmas poem had a few parts in Spanish, which students had learned as part of their homework.
“I was a little nervous because I thought I wouldn’t be able to remember my words,” said Alec Juarez, an 8-year-old third-grader.
Due to a few absences in the class, Alec had to learn a few lines on the spot.
“Well I would hear (my classmates) say them all the time so they got stuck in my head,” he said.
School Principal Debra Hale said she was glad the school was able to put on the show.
“These kids worked so hard and prepared for a number of weeks,” she said. “Working together with parents, the staff and added security, we were able to make sure the show went on.”
Staff Writer Karina Lopez can be reached at 760-337-3439 or email@example.com
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