EATON — With the help of 425 local elementary students, the Preble County Courthouse got into the Christmas spirit when the 2015 courthouse Christmas tree was lit on Friday, Dec. 4.
Second grade students from Eaton’s East Elementary were joined by Preble Shawnee second graders and Tri-County North second and first graders to help the Preble County Commissioners light the tree on the second floor of the courthouse.
The large tree was donated by Dale Overholts Sr. and it was decorated with ornaments made by the local elementary students.
Before the tree was lit, to the delight of the 425 students, Commissioner Chris Day asked, “Do you kids know Dasher, Dancer Prancer, and Vixen? Comet, Cupid and Donner and Blitzen?”
His questions were met with cheers from the children.
He continued, “That’s great, but can you help us recall the most famous reindeer of all?” which drew louder cheers — and the second floor of the courthouse was soon filled with over400 voices singing the famous Christmas carol “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.”
The carol was followed with the song “O Christmas Tree” and a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Commissioner Rodney Creech.
“You guys have done a job great today,” Day told the young students after the story. “You’ve helped us get in the Christmas spirit, but we have one more job to do today,” he reminded the students.
The students then counted down from five and the courthouse tree was lit for the first time this year.
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