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Southside students spread Christmas cheer

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DALLUS WHITFIELD/The Wilson Post: Santa joined the young vocalists as they strolled around the Square.

It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas on Tuesday morning as the first- and second-grade classes from Southside Elementary School took to the Lebanon Public Square for caroling.

The kids were dressed warmly as they sang Christmas favorites outside Neddy Jacobs Cabin for downtown merchants and shoppers. Although it was cold outside, they sang their hearts out and seemed relatively unfazed by the temperature.

"This is our first year that we've done this," explained teacher Vicki Shelton. "Normally, the first grade has a music program at Southside. This year we were unable to do that because our building is under construction. They are totally renovating everything, and we (presently) don't have an elementary gym to perform in."

Shelton said the musical performance was a partnership between the first- and second-grade teachers and the school's music teacher. "We wanted to do something musical as a group. We talked to the Chamber of Commerce President, Melanie Minter, and put this all together."

Even newly elected Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash came out to listen to the music.

"Anytime there are Southside children singing Christmas hymns, I've got to be there," he said.

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