Concert Kicks Off Christmas Events At Julia Randall

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The annual Christmas Chorale Concert Thursday evening heads up a full week of holiday-related activities at Julia Randall Elementary School.

Featuring kindergarten through third-grade students plus the fifth-grade choir, the concert takes place at the Payson High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14. The program will feature a mix of sacred music and popular songs of the season, according to JRE Music Director Kathy Kaufman.

JRE's big Troll Winter Holiday Book Fair is also under way through Thursday. Featuring hundreds of books, crafts, science kits, posters and much more, the event also includes a holiday bake sale with fresh items available daily.

The book fair is open until 4 p.m. today, and from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday at JRE. Then it will be set up in the lobby of the PHS Auditorium so those attending the Christmas concert can also shop the book fair.

The week concludes with two big events Friday, Dec. 15. "Breakfast and Browse," from 7 to 8:30 a.m., is a special breakfast of donuts, juice and coffee for school board members, JRE teachers and Kiwanis Club members, who will then be able to view the library books purchased for the school's accelerated reading program thanks to a $2,000 donation by the Kiwanis Club.

Also Friday at the school's bi-weekly honors awards assembly, Russell Judd of Payson Regional Medical Center and Payson Police Officer Charlene Hunt will be on hand to accept books and stuffed animals donated for the Christmas for Kids Program. The assembly will be held at 8 a.m. in the JRE cafeteria.

Finally, Kaufman encourages parents and friends of JRE to save "Pepsi Notes" printed on the back of specially marked containers and packages of Pepsi and Frito-Lay products. The school is participating in the Share the Joy with Music program, through which Kaufman hopes to receive free musical instruments and supplies for JRE's music program.

A special container will be available at the Christmas concert Thursday night for Pepsi Notes, or they can be dropped off at JRE.

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