Story courtesy of Netzaberg Elementary School
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Students at Netzaberg Elementary school participated in the 4th annual “Netzaberg Lantern Walk” around the school grounds on Nov. 5.
NES’ new principal, Arturo Rivera, led the annual event, along with host nation teachers Melanie Waechter-Greulich and Veronica Woodworth.
The festivities kicked off at 5 p.m. with the NES choir, led by music teacher Ms. Lynch, singing “Durch die Strasse.” Fourth grade NES student Maximilian Pezzullo then read the story of St. Martin, a Roman soldier, and how he cut his cloak in half to share with a poor person shivering in the cold.
Rivera then gave opening remarks welcoming the students and their families and special guest, Eschenbach Mayor Peter Lehr.
Afterward, the choir performed “Laterne, Laterne” and the parade officially began.
The parade featured kindergarten and first grade students carrying lanterns that they made themselves in their Host Nation classes.
The parade route went around the Netzaberg Middle School soccer field and ended at the kindergarten playground, where students and parents were treated to Lebkuchen, Kinderpunsch and hot cocoa.