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Pablo students get in holiday spirit

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PABLO — Sharing some holiday spirit was on the agenda for some Pablo Elementary students last week.

The families of 14 third and fourth-grade students made cookies and empanadas, which were hand delivered to three area locations on Friday, Dec. 16, including Mission Valley Power, Pablo Foods grocery store and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe’s police department.

The students walked to each location and played in the snow along the way, seemingly not bothered by the frigid single-digit temperature and wind.

The brainchild of school principal Ryan Fisher and first-grade teacher Nicky Buck, the People Representing Intelligence and Demonstrating Excellence, or PRIDE, team will be doing similar thoughtful things throughout the year.

Already the team has made and distributed cards to school staff and students at Thanksgiving, and “Candy Cane” notes were delivered last week. Some examples of things written on the cards and notes are: “Thanks for playing with me at lunch” and “Thanks for making a good lunch.”

“It feels good to get a real message on a piece of paper that’s just so thoughtful and kind,” Buck said.

She meets with her PRIDE students during lunch to plan activities. Buck and Fisher dreamed up the PRIDE team to recognize students who are always doing the right thing but “fly under the radar,” she said. Students may qualify for the team based on good grades, behavior and attendance.

Third- and fourth-grade students were chosen because Buck said she wanted them to be role models for the school’s younger students.

Parents like the idea too, said Buck, 37, who is in her 13th year at the school and a member of the school’s leadership team.

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