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Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

photo of the O H S Holiday Village Oxford, Mississippi (December 9, 2020) — The Oxford High School Holiday Village displays are the result of a collaboration among the OHS Superiors, OHS National Honor Society, OHS Library, OHS Career and Technical Education Department, and other special friends of the library.

The Superiors are students who are obtaining the MIssissippi Alternate Diploma in which students work on academic, career, and daily life skills goals. Their teacher, Kristen Busby, and OHS Librarian, Amanda Osborne, have been planning since last year for the Superiors to participate in the project. They were both shocked and excited that 2020, with its long list of cancelations, was going to be the year to make it happen!

The gingerbread house frames were printed on the library’s Makerbot 3D printer from a design found on Thingiverse. The library was able to purchase the 3D printer in 2018 with a grant provided by the Oxford School District Foundation. The CTE Department got involved when the number of houses exceeded the volume the library’s printer could easily handle.

The National Honor Society members, under the direction of Osborne, helped the Superiors decorate houses and construct the displays to earn service hours, a requirement for membership. NHS members who contributed to the display are Christian Boudreaux, NHS President; Coker Scott, Lucas McKewon, Zharia Harris, Richard Wright, Cayden Luke, Gracie Bourn, Virginia Rowland, Katherine Estes, Huston Brewer, and Srujana Murthy.

It was amazing to see all of the students' excitement about the project. They loved creating the houses and making the village. Making brings together opposites, like sugar and spice, to create something nice!

To read more about this project, please visit Amanda Osborne’s website.