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Perry Hall Tree Lighting Kicks Off Holidays

Third graders at Perry Hall Elementary performed Christmas songs during the 21st annual community tree lighting ceremony.

Dozens of third graders belted out Christmas carols Thursday night during the Perry Hall Improvement Association's 21st annual .

Community members packed 's auditorium for the music program.

Jamee Paterniti, whose daughter Emma performed, said her favorite song was "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."

"It's a nice way to start December," Paterniti said.

Santa Claus made a cameo appearance during "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," before distributing treats and assisting PHIA president Dennis M. Robinson, Jr. in lighting the tree in the school's front lawn.

"We have a lot of great events here in Perry Hall, but this really epitomizes the small town feel that we have here," Robinson said. "If you're not feeling that holiday spirit after listening to third graders singing those holiday songs, there's something wrong with you."

Principal Donna Bergin said the event brought together Perry Hall residents, even "those who don't have kids at the school."

"It's important for us to support the Perry Hall Improvement Association ... it's a strong community partnership," Bergin said. 

What's your favorite local holiday tradition? Tell us in the comments.

Rose December 02, 2011 at 03:52 PM
The very sad part about this was that my child goes to the school but the gym was so overcrowded that we were not able to stay to see the concert and tree lighting. People were leaving in droves and we got there a half hour early. It just goes to show you that Perry Hall Elementary School needs some major renovations. The gym is too small and does not suit the schools needs. The classroom are over crowded, my child has 30 in her class There is only parking enough for the teachers. The lunch room needs major help as it is small with low ceiling so the kids are constantly having blackout lunches in the dark and in silence. I applaud the wonderful principal and the great teachers who work there but we need to look at the school and find some funding to bring this school not only up to date but up to functioning properly. I challenge Dennis Robinson and the Perry Hall Improvement Association to do whatever possible to help this school. Then prehaps everyone can enjoy the tree lighting.
LalainMaryland December 04, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Rose, Perhaps you should volunteer to help the PHIA with the tree lighting and other events instead of complaining. It is a testament to the community and the school, as well as the PHIA that so many people attend this annual event. There is on-street parking that many, including myself, used. This article is not about the problems at the school: it is about a wonderful annual tradition that should be celebrated.
Ryan December 15, 2011 at 11:22 PM
The children are wonderful. I am sure they did an amazing job singing and decorating. Adults- Charlie Brown wouldn't give hope for what we call our town tree/bush. Better deem any decorated tree in anybody's yard the town Christmas tree. Good job kids, cuz the adults got it all wrong. ''The small town feel here'' I'm sorry is this story from Perry Hall..in Maryland?

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