DALLAS — Snowmen, the Grinch and even Elsa from Frozen grace the halls of Wycallis and Dallas elementary schools this December.
The characters are showing up on elaborately decorated classroom doors as part of a fundraiser organized by Dallas Senior High School freshman Courtney Moss, of Shavertown.
The fundraiser will benefit Madi Carlsson, a Dallas Middle School student whom Moss met through the Dallas Middle School Drama Club.
“I heard about Sight for Madi and wanted to help,” Moss said.
Twelve-year-old Madi was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, the underdevelopment of optic nerves, and is legally blind.
Fundraisers across the Back Mountain have been held to help Madi’s family purchase $15,000 eSight eyewear that will correct her 2600/20 vision to 20/10 vision.
The classroom door-decorating fundraiser started when school resumed after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Elementary teachers paid $5 to participate, Moss said. Then, students, faculty and staff dropped a quarter into a small plastic container outside each classroom to “vote” for their favorite door.
In total, there are 70 classroom doors decorated, Moss said.
“There are 36 in Wycallis Elementary and 34 in Dallas Elementary,” she said. “Voting began this week and will go until Friday.”
Moss estimates $350 has been raised to date, but voting is continuing. First-place winners at each elementary school will receive a ribbon, she said.
Teachers and students clearly had fun with the fundraiser. The kindergarten hall in Wycallis Elementary School was themed around gingerbread men and gingerbread houses.
Other classrooms were unique with their choices and designs with one door featuring a snowman made from frosted plastic cups.
Students found choosing just one to vote for was difficult.
Kindergarten student Malachi Gove, 5, had a hard time voting for his favorite on Monday.
He chose the Elf on the Shelf and a snowman.
Moss saw the doors at Wycallis Elementary School for the first time Monday and said, “I like them all.”
“Honestly, I did not think as many teachers would get involved,” she added. “I was told by the teachers that I brought the holiday spirit back to the school. I guess they (the students) weren’t feeling the holiday spirit this year.”