by Lisa Tome
Children were dancing with joy before the singers even arrived in the Timberbrook community last Wednesday.
About 10 minutes before the bus carrying more than 30 Bay View Elementary faculty arrived, children waited excitedly at the bus stop.
Bay View's Jingle Bell Tour 2014 was underway.
"They (children) absolutely love this. To watch their faces when the teachers sing is hysterical," said Bay View parent Shannon Sarubin. "This school is one of the best schools around."
During the Jingle Bell Tour, faculty members stop in various neighborhoods where students in the school live. The faculty arrives by school bus, exits the bus and sings carols. Before departing, they hand out gifts- books, pencils, and candy canes.
As a special treat this year, the school's assistant principal, Dr. David Hastings, dressed as the Heat Miser from the animated program "The Year Without Santa Claus." The stops this year were in Timberbrook, Lakeside, Northwoods, Candlelight Ridge, Whitaker Woods, and Bethel Springs. Parents at some of the stops provided treats for the singing school staff.
Parent Billie Philhower said the Jingle Bell Tour has become a tradition for her family. "I really like it. My son looks forward to it every year," said Philhower as she waited for the bus.