A compilation of articles written by Madison County School students.
|DECEMBER 22, 1999|
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After 25 years at Madison County High School, Diane Slaton (second from left) is retiring after Christmas break. Pictured are: (L-R) Tommy Slaton, husband; Slaton; Tyler Gay, grandson; Meredith Gay, daughter; and Mary Moore, mother.
English teacher to say goodbye
BY RANDALL BALLENGER
Diane Slaton is finishing up her last semester of teaching at Madison County High School as she will not be returning after the Christmas break.
In the 25 years that she has been teaching here she has taught ninth grade literature/composition and twelfth grade Applied Communications.
"The warm feeling that my family and friends give me here make MCHS my home," said Mrs. Slaton.
Diane Vaughn, a junior, said, "I am saddened to hear that this will be her last year teaching."
After she has retired, Mrs. Slaton plans to keep busy by traveling, seeing the New England states as well as California and Texas, and by seeing the ancient ruins in Greece.
True Christmas spirit shared among students
BY STACIE SMITH
Opportunities to help the less-fortunate only come around every so often, and this time of year is the perfect time to take advantage of them. FCCLA and Y-Club recently completed Secret Santa, an event committed to supporting needy children. These clubs gathered at Helping Hands in Colbert and delivered 213 toys to the children there. Club sponsor Sabrina Bennett said, "Secret Santa is a tradition that promotes good character among our students while we share our good fortune with those in our community."
Another activity that the clubs sponsored was the Christmas Tree. First period classes brought over 100 items for the homeless shelter, such as gloves, hats, socks and other items such as these. Mrs. Bennett's first period FACS II class won first place with 61 items, receiving doughnuts and drinks as a reward.
Because of the generosity of these teachers and students, more children will have a better Christmas than they expected this year. These activities were definitely a success and will be continued for years to come.
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