BRADENTON -- With "mathematically accurate" designs, reindeer puns and other holiday classroom door decorations, teachers and students at Sugg Middle School celebrated the holiday season in style Thursday.
Teachers and students worked together to design the doors, and student council members and community partners helped judge them. The winning class will be treated to breakfast Friday, courtesy of Anna Maria General Store owner Brian Seymour. A decorated tree, donated by Blue Lagoon Landscaping, sits just outside the main office, filling the lobby with its aroma. Seymour, and Kyla Andreoni and Walt Warren, of Blue Lagoon, helped the students and a few administrators judge the contest Thursday.
"This promotes a positive climate," said reading teacher Theresa Kern, who helped organize the event, as students traveled in a pack through the hallways grading each door.
A full-length three-dimensional snowman, made out of Styrofoam cups, earned the most votes from students. Dion Thomas' first period math class will be rewarded for the door on Friday.
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"They thought outside the box," said Rachel Formosa, a 13-year-old eighth-grade student at the school and the student council vice president. Rachel added that most teachers tend to stay flat and two-dimensional when designing the doors, and part of why she liked the snowman door was because it really brought the theme to life.
Jeremya Dawes, a 13-year-old eighth-grade student and student council secretary, also liked the snowman door, but his favorite was a Grinch-themed door which spilled into the hallway to make a complete scene. The Grinch was located on the door but was pulling a trail of lights, which were taped up along the hallway.
"It was a door off the movie and the movie was awesome," Jeremya said.
Other favorites included:
A door titled "Rudolph in the Dark." A black piece of construction paper was taped up on most of the door and the only visible portion of Rudolph was his nose, a bright red circle.
A "mathematically accurate" holiday themed door, which used big blocks of color all at accurate angles and slopes created by a geometry class.
A Christmas tree outline created by the answers on a standardized testing bubble sheet. The star on the Christmas tree read "100%."
Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter@MeghinDelaney.