• Eastside and Northside students collected items for the animal shelter

    Eastside Elementary fourth grade students collected items to be donated to the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter for Christmas. On Tuesday, Dec. 20, Allen Fryman, animal control officer, visited the classrooms of Carla Hill, Sarina Gasser and Christine Newcomb with two kittens. The students also helped load the items on Fryman’s truck. Northside’s second grade students in Dorena Mullen, Debbie Case and Jennifer Gaunce’s classrooms along with Brandi Fleming’s third grade class also collected items for the animal shelter.

  • Dust and snow

    By Layton Childress

    Soft, white froths of snow falls to the ground on this chilly December night. The colorful lights illuminate the city as I drive by. Every roof I can see bears pillars of ice that trickle down as if they’re lost in time itself, unmoving and unknowing.
    Stepping out of my car, I  can hear the soft crunch of the snow blanketing Earth. I open the door to be greeted by a rush of heat from the flaming logs of the fireplace in the center of the room.

  • Christmas with my Uncle

    By Heather Spencer

    My favorite Christmas morning memory is being awakened by my brother, exclaiming that it’s Christmas.
    I remember that the older I got, it was my parents waking me and my brother up for Christmas, which sounds ironic because the kids were supposed to wake the parents up.

  • Christmas Eve

    By Max Sparks

    The smell of warm, gooey cookies fills the air, wafted around our house by the gently rising hot air from the fire place.
    Embers crackled in the freshly stoked fire, popping randomly in an unexpected, but calming rhythm. The heat radiates outward to engulf every nook and cranny. The oven beeps to sound off the finishing or Christmas dinner. That pesky appliance has never sounded so lovely.
    Monotonous chimes somehow morph into the most harmonious symphony my ears have ever experienced.

  • Christmas Eve splendor

    By Isaac Sims

    The holidays. A way to make life a little brighter, even if the world outside is shifting to twilight. Laughing with family, taking in the glow of the red and blue lights, hanging like colorful stars from a sweet, sticky pine. Looking at the wrapped  surprises of hopes of loved ones sitting beneath the towering tree, dreaming of the joys that would proceed.

  • Siri saves Christmas

    By Gracie Robert

    The bitter wind shook the bells that were attached to the harnesses, filling the evening with melodious chimes. It seemed to mock us as we paced around the red sleigh in anxiety.
    “Oh gumdrops, this is bad. This is really, really bad,” I chattered. I could feel the panic swelling in my chest, making my throat burn and itch. The snow coated my eyelashes and dampened my mittens.
    Jack, Head Transport Elf, chewed on the end of his CandyCom which had lost signal fifty miles back.

  • No Mom AND Dad


    “Buzz, Buzz!” Snooze. 7 a.m. Morning. Christmas morning.
    She opens her door to go across the hall to find her brother sleeping silently. Out of the corner of her eye, she can see the gifts wrapped up under the tree. Wakes him up. Mom and Dad stand next to the tree, happy to see our tired excited faces.

  • Ellie the lost, yet, no so lost ... elf

    By Emma Gooden

    Oh boy, I’ve done it again… One mischievous act after another that leads me to putting myself into more and more trouble every time.
    My name is Ellie the Elf, otherwise known as Ellie the Envious, according to the sobriquet all the other elves gave me. No matter what, my curiosity always gets the best of me. From letting the reindeer out one Christmas to see what they’d do to the predicament I’m in now.

  • A Child’s Christmas

    By Devin Miracle

    Start off the season with a big green tree. Chop, chop, chop, and down it comes. Thump! Scared for your life, you hide behind Mom. She tells you it’s ok as Dad puts the tree on top of the car. Mom has to go and help before he breaks something.
    On the way home, Christmas music is ringing through the car, singing all the way home.
    “The door isn’t big enough!” Mom yells. But Dad just keeps on pushing, causing the whole house to shake. The dogs are scared to death from the “earthquake.”

  • 2016 EKU Middle School Honor’s Band