Fifth-grade students at Everest have been participating in this annual field trip for many years now. There were certainly no “humbugs” in the crowd as the fifth-grade boys and girls of Everest Academy traveled to Oakland University to see Meadowbrook Theater’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. The students were stunned and elated to see professional actors perform on a stage filled with authentic props and fantastic light and sound effects. They watched in awe as the story of Ebenezer Scrooge unfolded before them, and the world that Charles Dickens first imagined came to life in front of their eyes.

Of the many noteworthy lessons that were taught, students heard the Ghost of Christmas Present talk to Scrooge specifically about the virtue of gratitude – Everest’s November virtue of the month. As Scrooge rediscovered the importance of showing gratitude toward others, the students were once again reminded that – in our own lives – we must show gratitude toward God and toward others as well for all with which we’ve been blessed. The fifth-grade boys and girls walked away from the theater today with a new appreciation for the fine art of acting, as well as a newfound sense of responsibility to be gracious and kindhearted toward others. They are ready to embrace the upcoming Advent and Christmas seasons with a new sense of zeal and spirit for what these seasons are all about!