Upper graders at Walt Disney Elementary took a trip to the Orange County Fairgrounds on April 21st to see their crocheted works of art displayed at the annual arts competition, Imaginology. Eddeane Sims and group of 41 talented students received over 19 awards for their creative work including 12 first place blue ribbons.
These Disney students learned how to crochet during an afterschool program that Ms. Sims started back in 2012. For many students, this is their first attempt at creating something original. In addition to entering their work in a competition, over the years students have made items to help people in need. The students have made blankets and scarves and donated them to Smilemakers, an organization that gives them to senior citizens. Also students have made hats and beanies to donate to Knots of Love who in turn gives them to cancer patients. The pride that these students have in making these items to help others has been a life long learning lesson for all.
March 30th marked the 60th anniversary of the dedication of Walt Disney Elementary. To help dedicate the school, Mr. Walt Disney himself attended the event and shared some inspirational words with all in attendance. To commemorate this special event, Walt Disney Elementary held a special ceremony on Friday, March 31. Many Magnolia School District administrators and retired Disney teachers attended this celebration, along with current staff and Disney Dragons. Guest presenters who participated in the ceremony shared inspiring stories, coupled with wisdom and vast experiences. Participants included Dr. Frank Donovan, Magnolia School District Superintendent, Mr. Gary Shields, Magnolia School District President, Mr. James Vanderbilt, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Anaheim, Mrs. Cindy Bisagno, Disney School Alumna, Mr. Dave Mason, Historian and Disney School Alumnus, Katherine Smith-Brooks, Disney School Educator, and Rafael Juarez, Student Council President. Four current students wrote original poems about the inspirational aspects of Walt Disney and shared them with attendees. In addition, Disney’s own terrific kindergarten students performed a special tribute to Mr. Walt Disney. Disneyland Ambassadors, Mikey Trujillo and Alexa Garcia, presented Disney Elementary with a beautiful Walt Disney Rose, which will be prominently displayed in the teaching garden to be enjoyed by all for generations to come. In addition, the ambassadors introduced a very special guest to the students…none other than Mickey Mouse! In true Disney fashion, Mickey Mouse topped off the celebration by leading all attendees in singing Happy Birthday to the enjoyment of all.
On Thursday March 2nd, Walt Disney Elementary celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with some special guests. Members of the Anaheim Angels’ Strikeforce team came to the school to promote the importance of reading, while also encouraging students to get out and support our local baseball team. Each class was visited by one member of the squad and had the opportunity to hear a story chosen specially by the team. In addition to these participants, 4 members of our very own Anaheim Police Department dropped by and visited classes as well. These gentlemen shared their love of reading with the students, explained the importance of school, and even got down and boogied with a few classes. What a celebration it was!