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Bringing a little piece of joy from the Early Childhood Center (ECC), teachers led kindergarten students in a short Thanksgiving program for the Ennis Noon Lions Club.
Kathy Cikanek, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, introduced the group, stating the ECC was her happy place that she would go to when she needed sunshine brought to her day.
“We sometimes get so caught up in everyday things like the economy, the war and politics,” Kathy Cikanek said. “At times we don’t think about things right here in Ennis we can be thankful for.”
Kathy Cikanek said watching over the 687 students who range from 3 to 5 years old is a daunting, but joyous, task for the principal and staff of the ECC.
The classes performing included students from Linsey Cikanek’s kindergarten class, Whitney Laza’s kindergarten readiness class, Sloan Clark’s kindergarten class and Jennifer Brooks’ kindergarten readiness class.
Donning feathered headbands made from construction paper, the students sang tunes to the Ennis Noon Lions Club that included “Gobble, Gobble,” “I’m a Little Indian,” which was to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot,” and the “Turkey Pokey.”
Prior to the kindergarten musical program, club members were made aware of a humanitarian effort all Texas Lions Clubs were being asked to take part in. It is the USO’s “Operation Santa Sendoff.”
Everyday, 200 U.S. troops leave from D/FW Airport on their way back to Iraq or Afghanistan following two weeks of rest and relaxation with their families. The USO provides each soldier a handshake, a hug, a pat on the back and a $50 gift pack.
Each gift pack is Christmas-wrapped and contains first-run movie DVDs, current CDs, batteries, an international phone car, iTunes cards, video games and more.
The USO is asking the Lions of Texas to help by providing the contents of the gift packs, which each pack costs $50, and also to be at the sendoff to encourage the troops and show the club’s support.
From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, it will cost the USO $36,000 to provide the gift packs to about 200 departing troops each day.
The Ennis Noon Lions Club meets Wednesday at noon. For the month of December the group will be meeting at First United Methodist Church.

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