The fifth grade student council led the charge for donations.
For the seventh consecutive year, Oakdale Elementary School principal Holli Armstrong directed her fifth grade student council on a mission. Each year, Ms. Armstrong leads her group from classroom to classroom "Caroling for Coins." Just before the holiday break, the Oakdale students in grades 1 - 5 were asked to bring a "bag of coins" or some spare change in to school from home. Ms. Armstrong and her fifth graders sing to each and every class, collecting the coins on their way out. The coins were tallied and a check was presented to the Dedham Food Pantry. At a recent school wide assembly, Ms. Armstrong proudly told her students that they had collected a near-record amount of over $600 for a very worthy cause
Students performed two shows for near-capacity crowds.
After months of hard work and practice, Oakdale Elementary music teacher Bryan Bigelow had his 300-plus students in grades 1-5 ready to perform two scheduled shows recently at the school. Following a performance by the fifth grade band and the school's string orchestra, the students of each class took to the stage and sang a variety of holiday songs with an array of international flavor. Both of the one hour shows were performed to near-capacity crowds that included parents, relatives, neighbors and various town officials. Dedham Town Administrator William Keegan was quite impressed and congratulated the students on a job well done. Principal Holli Armstrong oversaw the event and kept things running smoothly. Holli Armstrong agreed that …