Members of Mrs. McCormick's kindergarten class perform songs during the annual Nativity play at St. John Bosco School Thursday.

Kathy McCormick's kindergarten class at St. John Bosco Interparish School followed in a seven-year holiday tradition Thursday by presenting a Christmas play to parents and students. Thirty students dressed as Mary, Joseph, wise men, sheep, cows and shepherds graced the stage in the school's multipurpose room. "I started teaching here seven years ago when the school opened and have done it every year," McCormick said. "The first year my parents actually wrote it up for me and as the years went by my brother changed it so each student would have something to say." Students sang Christmas songs including Away in a Manger, Angel Gabriel and We Wish You a Merry Christmas between reciting lines they began practicing in October. "We read Christmas stories and related what happened to the play," McCormick said. "They also kept journals about who their characters are. It all relates back to our curriculum." Kindergartner Kristen Kopplin, 5, who played the star the wise men followed to Bethlehem, said she practiced her lines at home with her parents. "Learning their lines and acting it out will help them remember the story," McCormick said. "I think the kids enjoy it because it helps them understand the true meaning of Christmas."

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