Several schools celebrated the end of their fall semester by getting into the Christmas spirit. Students performed in holiday concerts and shows while service clubs donated toys or volunteered in their community.
Scroll through the slideshow below to see what Denton County kids did to keep the season merry and bright.
Founders Classical Academy
Charter school network breaks ground on new Frisco campus
Frisco city officials and ResponsiveEd administrators grabbed shovels and hardhats last week to officially break ground on the new Founders Classical Academy of Frisco campus.
The 47,000-square-foot charter school, located along Frisco Street north of All Stars Avenue, will open in August for kindergarten through eighth grade. The 10-acre campus will also include a high school in the future and house 900 students.
Founders Classical Academies are part of the ResponsiveEd charter school network, which includes 11 campuses in Denton County. ResponsiveEd operates more than 70 public charter schools in Texas and Arkansas.
Lake Dallas ISD
Corinth Elementary students compete in chef challenge
Four Lake Dallas ISD culinary teams placed in the top five spots at the Denton County 4-H Food Challenge hosted by Krum High School earlier this month.
The four Corinth Elementary teams were part of the school's Kid 2 Chef program that started last spring. During the contest, teams were given several ingredients and tasked with cooking an original meal in 40 minutes.
The top three teams, all from Lake Dallas ISD, will compete at the District Food Challenge in March at Fair Park in Dallas. The winning team members are listed below:
First place — The Mini Chefs: Floyd Wagner, Brynlee Wilson, Noel Perez, Grace Hargis and Bella LaMay.
Second place — The CE Spice Girls: Charlotte Murray, Kynnadi Luke, Ashland Staubus, Angelina Gavidia and Randi Luke.
Third place — The Texas Jr. Cooks: Aubrey Caldwell, Brileigh Frase, Tatum Harding and Kate Smith.
Fifth Place — The Master Chili: Bryson Taylor, Isaac Canaas, Austin Spence and Ronaldo Rodriguez.
Liberty Christian School
Dance team takes second at state contest
The Liberty Christian dance team beat out seven schools to win second place at the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state competition in Waco last month.
The team began rehearsing over the summer and put in more than 100 hours of practice to prepare. Dancers performed routines to "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" and "Gravity" during the contest.
Individual dancers were also honored for outstanding performances at state. Lexie Austin, Charlotte Copeland and Caroline Joyner were named first-team All-District, while Audrey Carrington, Ashleigh O'Neal and Bailee Utter received honorable mentions.
Nationally recognized speaker to share recovery story at community event
Tim Ryan will tackle the issue of drugs and addiction during a free community event hosted by Liberty Christian next month.
The author and motivational speaker will present "From Dope to Hope" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at Liberty Christian, located at 1301 U.S. Highway 377 in Argyle. The program chronicles Ryan's own struggle with heroine addiction and how he turned his life around. Parents can also participate in a question-and-answer session where Ryan will offer advice on how to combat drugs in the community.
Ryan works for Transformations Treatment Center and is an advisor for Rehab.com. He was a guest at President Barack Obama's 2016 State of the Union address and runs A Man in Recovery Foundation.