Happy Camp Elementary Holiday Show

Happy Camp Elementary Holiday Show

Patti Sherman had a bunch of Rocket students beating rhythms on drums and other percussion instruments. They practice after school and were amazing! After Casey Chambers welcomed everyone the 2nd & 3rd graders sang Rudolph and Jingle Bell Rock, Rock around the Christmas Tree. These beautiful singers were Syvana Arwood, Michael Beals Jr. Colin Brannon, Mekhia Gabriel, Keelan Hahn, Christian Kienlen, Chelsea Post, Rose Shuler, Shaggy Spence, Ian Tuttle, Hawkeye Valin and Matthew Wilson.

Rudtz Galindo played a piano solo and a duet with Eddie Davenport. The 1st & 2nd graders sang All I want for Christmas in My Two Front Teeth. Alyvia Arwood, Kaylee Bangs, Madeline Davis, Bridgett Aubrey-Harrison, Luke Robinson, Elyssa Thom, Timothy Thompson, Jessica Williams, Hannah Wilson. Elijah Beals, Blake Beals, Jozlynn Brink, Taylor Cortes, Kairi Harrison, Kimi Harrison Zachary Horvath, Justin Kroll, Luis Loya, Kohl Pinassi, Layla Titus, and Alexis Williams.

Then wise people with gold, frankincense and myrrh came on stage! They were accompanied by large colorfully wrapped packages. The Gifts that Don’t Cost was performed by the 4th grade class. The gifts were Joy, Peacebuilder, and Friendship etc. Lovely young Ella Galindo, was a beautifully decorated tree. The class sang O Christmas Tree and We Three Kings.
The 5th and 6th graders sang a rollicking version of Twelve Gifts of Christmas. Brittany Barnett, Dakota Estep, Maria Griffin, Malford “Chuuk” Harrison, Madison Offield, Matilda Peters, Lu-Lin Spence, Aaron Tuttle, Devon Tygart, Gage Welter, Travis Bledsoe, Kai Crockett, Samuel Davis, Beatrice Edwards, Nikkita Harrison, Miranda Hayes, Quinn Horvath, Curtis Kienlen, Carl Mayton, Jacob Rachal, Meranda Rasmussen, Nancy Shuler, Christopher Wilson and Silas Yamamoto. Silas kept singing the praises of the transistor radio!

The 7th and 8th graders had a special presentation of The Giving Tree, performed by Carl Blossomgame, Mitch Hokanson, Sydney Snider, Isabel Bryant, Emily Parry, Cierra Silva, Angel Griffin, Natalia Long, Jack Spence, Abigail Eadie, Ryan Randleman, Cody Sindle, Shawn Hillman Chauncey Lloyd, River Tuttle, Cody Haskell, Christian Robinson, and Taylor Soto. Mitch Hokanson also played some beautiful piano .

It was time for the littlest students to sing Up on the House Top and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. The kindergarteners who sang were Ernie Beals, James Bledsoe, Emilie Cushman, Jason Day, Isabell Gomez, Charles Harrison, Michael Hauki, Devon Honza, Jessica Lantow, Alex Loya, Emily Mattson, Logan Nelson, Luis Osorio, Willow Rose, Priscilla Weeks and Spencer Wreath Jr.

The students returned to sing Winter Song first in the Karuk language , then in English. Then in a grand finale they sang We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Cody Sindle was the stage hand helping everyone for the performance. The teachers and staff at the school did an excellent job preparing the students for the performance.

Sheriff Riggins Promises “We won’t leave you out there!”

One strange phenomena of small towns, is the rumors! Rumors can fly faster, spread quicker and be more unbelievable, yet believed, than you could imagine. The rumor that has been flying around our community since economic times have hit the nation, California and especially Siskiyou County: “Will Sheriff Riggins shut down our Sheriff substation?”

At the July meeting of the Community Solutions to Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse meeting, he sent a representative to say that they would not be abandoning the Happy Camp substation. The problem is that there will no doubt be cuts in personnel, including within the Sheriff Department. This will be determined after California passes a budget. If there are personnel cuts, the last hired are the first to go. there is no choice in that as by regulations, last hired go first. We have some very good deputies here, but they are young men who have just moved to Happy Camp. If they have to be laid off, staffing will have to be sent out from Yreka. This means extra travel time for a Deputy. They also work together with the California Highway Patrol and Fish and Wildlife officers in the community to be sure we have law enforcement personnel here on call when needed.

While the situation looks discouraging with the thought of losing the officers, there was talk of reviving the Neighborhood Watch program that successfully kept crime down during a short time of increase in home break-ins. Patrolling had gotten too expensive and the volunteers were mostly senior citizens. That aspect of the program was seen as less desirable than educating the public on how to be a good witnesses and on what suspicious activities to watch for and report. Community action was looked upon as the best way to supplement Sheriff’s deputies, as long as it didn’t evolve into vigilantism!

“Love is the Anti-Drug” Community

Happy Camp and the other small communities along the beautiful wild Klamath River aren’t immune to the problems of other communities, including alcohol and other drug abuse. However, an active body of the citizens concerned for the health and safety of our young people has begun meeting to take action to say “It is not OK” for our youth to be lost by tragedy caused by alcohol and other drug use.

The First meeting in November at Room 3 at the Happy Camp High School was a potluck followed by a spirited discussion by the community members who overwhelmed the room. There were no desks left to sit at the kitchen was full of standing people who came to see that something is done to rescue our children from this scourge

The second meeting in December was moved to the Happy Camp Grange but also included a potluck before the meetingl Sueanne Thurman from McCloud facilitated the meeting as the group brainstormed for solutions to the community problem.

Happy Camp Students Learn Life Skills

Life Skills final prepared a dish fit for a king!!!
By Judy Bushy

Some lucky students of Happy Camp High School took a class called “Life Skills.”

Some lucky guests that they invited to “sample” the final exam were delighted!!! For the Final exam these students made a delicious lasagne with garlic chicken, fresh corn on the cob and delightful salad. It was definately a grade A+ final exam!!

They prepared a dish fit for a king, and enjoyed by the principal and other guests!!!