There’s only one way to celebrate the end of Lubbock Junior Academy’s 2010 – 2011 first semester. It has to be a sleep-over at the school. Seventeen students came at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 16, and didn’t go to sleep until 3:30 Friday morning.

We started at 6 p.m. eating pizza and fruit. A field trip to Holland Gardens on 50th Street gave us a chance to see over 100 themed trees trimmed in their finest ornaments, ribbons, angels and festive lights. We even found an Island Christmas themed tree that perfectly fit with our Christmas program on December 8.

There were yummy chocolate brownies for everyone when we returned. Dr. Simmons told us a delightful story of Frankie and the Christmas Oranges. We played traveling bingo where a winner can choose a prize from under the tree or from a fellow student. Students conducted an amazing talent show of stories, music and art work. A sleepover is not complete without a game using M & M’s. Students really gave their back a workout doing the Limbo over and over. Occasionally, some students slept and then woke up for more games and entertainment.

It was a wonderful evening and morning for our very own Lubbock Junior academy. Our thanks goes to Rose Eustace, Jeana Harris, and Jan Yates for providing the sleep-over food.