Enterprise High School American Studies students are creating their annual Christmas storybooks throughout the week of Dec. 2.
“The students wrote original Christmas stories so they have come up with the plot and storyline,” said EHS American Studies teacher Sarah Hulsey. “We’re going to take these stories and go read to some of the elementary students.”
The students broke off into groups and put the books together on poster-sized pieces of paper using pencils, stencils, markers, twine, ribbon and felt letters.
One member of each group served as the author and had to get their story approved and edited before the group put the words on the poster paper.
This year, multiple groups incorporated some of Enterprise’s history, the boll weevil, the story of the boll weevil or the Boll Weevil Monument in their stories as part of the celebration of the monument’s centennial celebration.
“When the Centennial Steering Committee first met, one of the things we talked about was that a lot of our younger students didn’t really know the story of Enterprise and the story of the boll weevil and that they (the committee) would like to get that out,” said former American Studies teacher Judi Stinnett. “At that point I said, ‘They (the American Studies class) also do a Christmas book and since this is at Christmas, maybe they could do a Christmas book that included the story of the Boll Weevil Monument and other things about Enterprise.’”
She said that she’s always impressed with the stories the students come up with.
“Every year I’m amazed at the ideas they come up with,” Stinnett said. “Somebody always uses ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ but it’s different every single time. This group I was just working with chose to do ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ but it’s centered around the boll weevil. They (the students) just do amazing things.”
The different groups will present to a couple of elementary schools on Friday, Dec. 6.
A few groups will also present their creations at 1:30 p.m. at the Enterprise Public Library on Wednesday, Dec. 11, as part of the Boll Weevil Monument Rededication Day events.