Johnston Elementary students celebrate Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day at Johnston Elementary found 30 child development students celebrating and enjoying groundhog related activities. Groundhog Day is a popular tradition celebrated in the U.S. and Canada on Feb. 2. It comes from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog leaving its burrow on this day sees a shadow due to clear weather, it will return to its den and winter will continue for six more weeks, and if he does not, because of an overcast sky, spring will arrive early.
The CD classes at JES began the day by reading various books about real groundhogs. They discussed the animal and its habits.
After reading about groundhogs, they viewed a live feed from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and watched the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil as he left his borough and let the world know about the weather for the next six weeks.
Phil and Gen. Beauregard from Georgia agreed that six more weeks of winter weather would be visited on the U.S. The CD classes voted for their choice for the weather for the following six weeks and both chose winter. Their teachers, Kim Gilley and Clare Henry, long-term substitute for Mrs. Shannon Williams, said they thought more children chose winter because they are wishing for more snow.
As a final activity for the day, the students enjoyed coloring, cutting and assembling hats depicting the groundhog and proudly wore them to lunch and to their related arts classes that afternoon.