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IRC Christmas Program features singing, dancing

IRC students, Tiger buddies and peer tutors gather around Lee Anne Pettey, director of special services for a reading of “The First Christmas Night.” | Clif Knight
IRC students, Tiger buddies and peer tutors gather around Lee Anne Pettey, director of special services for a reading of “The First Christmas Night.” | Clif Knight

Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

The bell ringing, singing, miming and dancing of IRC students brought heavy applause and tears to the eyes of some of those who attended the 2015 IRC Christmas Program at Hartselle High School Thursday afternoon.

Performing in the chorus room for a standing room only crowd of parents, former students, Tiger Buddies and peer tutors, the IRC music class stole the show with its performances. Micayla Atkins, Brianna Dempsey, James Horner, DJ Truluck and Cheyenne Stapleton rang bells to the tune of “Silent Night” and “Away in a Manger, ” and mimed “White Christmas.”

They saved the best to last by performing a dance routine to the tune of “Jingle Bell Rock.” Their enthusiasm and animated movements brought the house down with applause and laughter.

Brianna Dempsey and Cheyenne Stapleton joined their voices in a duet, singing, “Song of Peace and DJ Truluck read a poem entitled “What We Love About Christmas.”

A video showed the students wrapping and opening gift packages under the Christmas tree and making and eating Christmas goodies in the kitchen. They all agreed these activities represented the things they like best about Christmas.

With students surrounding her, LeeAnne Pettey, director of special services, read the book “The First Christmas Night,” continuing a Christmas Program tradition.

Afterwards, students and parents assembled at IRC for their annual Christmas party. Students exchanged gifts with those whose names they drew earlier in the school year.

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