Westside schools:
Pizza night features West MS musicians

       Musicians from West Middle School will perform in front of Papa Murphy's Pizza starting around 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6.
       They will highlight a fundraiser at the Red Rock shopping center restaurant that's scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. During that time, 15 percent of each sale will go to West, as long as the customers request it.
       According to Dirk Dudden, West's dean of students, performances are planned by up to 10 students each from the school's band, orchestra and choir.
       According to parent volunteer Andrea Warner, the goal is to raise money for school needs, chiefly classroom supplies.
      
       'Our Town' at Coronado
       Coronado High drama students will present the 1930s play, “Our Town,” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3 in the school auditorium.
       The community is welcome to attend. The show starts each night at 7 o'clock. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.
       The presentation will have more than 20 actors, who also contributed to production and design. Additionally credited is the school woodshop class for building the roofs for the sets.
      
       EAGLES aid sanctuary
       West Elementary's EAGLES students are helping a Lake George-area sanctuary for homeless wild animals that were born in captivity.
       The students have begun a fund (and food) raising effort for the Indigo Mountain Nature Center and will man a table in front of the school, 25 N. 20th St., Friday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
       People coming by that day will be asked to drop off donated meat and other food items for the center's bears, wolfdogs, cats and exotic pets.
       The Indigo Mountain website states that most of the sanctuary's animals “have come to us through owner surrenders or pseudo-sanctuaries being closed by the authorities. All of them have been born in captivity and have no chance of ever being introduced to the wild. Without true sanctuaries like Indigo Mountain, these animals would have nowhere to go.”
       EAGLES is a West Elementary program for gifted students. According to EAGLES teacher Anne Shargel, “the classrooms visited Indigo and fell in love with the animals and their mission.” She said the effort fits with the class curriculum, because the fundraising helps them develop skills in organization, writing, speaking and problem-solving.
       The center website is indigomtn.org.

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