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'Sleepover' lets Wise Primary School students’ stuffed animals go on county-wide adventure

Staff report • Dec 10, 2019 at 4:30 PM

WISE — When Wise Primary School students left their favorite stuffed toys at school on Friday, they may not have expected what happened over the weekend.

The school’s fifth annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover turned into a county-wide version of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” as several dozen stuffed creatures took over the school and enjoyed a weekend of parades, field trips and other activities documented on social media.

Wise Primary Family Engagement Coordinator Mary Beth Masters was quick to reassure people that no sports cars or school principals were harmed, though.

Masters said the fun was part of the school’s annual Literary Night on Friday, where students and parents enjoy reading stories, creating artwork and making Christmas cookies and ornaments.

“After the kids left for the evening, we took their stuffed animals on an adventure across Wise, Pound, Norton and Big Stone Gap,” Masters said.

The sleepover crew headed to Powell Valley National Bank to drop off their letters to Santa in the bank’s letterbox, Masters said, before turning the weekend into a series of adventures.

The stuffed animals and characters crowded a school bus in the Wise Christmas Parade, visited a farm, enjoyed a movie at Norton’s Park Avenue Theater and toured Big Stone Gap’s Greenbelt and Christmas Whoville, Masters said. Between those field trips, the sleepover gang made sure to visit school assistant principal Susanna Taylor’s home for s’mores and teacher Marsha Adkins’ home for music lessons.

Other Wise Primary teachers tried to burn off the toys’ energy with yoga lessons and a run around the school’s fitness track, Masters said, and principal Susan Mullins found her living room crowded with the toys awaiting a bedtime Christmas story.

After winding down the weekend with a candy and sweets brunch at the Wise Primary cafeteria, the toys rejoined their students on Monday.

Masters said the students enjoyed seeing photos of the toys’ adventures on the school’s Family Engagement Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WPSFamilyInvolvement/

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