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Open Door School rings in holiday season

THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES (ABOVE) Members of the Open Door School Bell Choir perform Christmas carols for residents and staff at Jo-Lin Health Center in Ironton Thursday. (BELOW) Gabby Abrams performs Christmas carols.

THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST JAMES
(ABOVE) Members of the Open Door School Bell Choir perform Christmas carols for residents and staff at Jo-Lin Health Center in Ironton Thursday. (BELOW) Gabby Abrams performs Christmas carols.

The jingling of bells could be heard from all corners of the Lawrence County Courthouse Thursday morning and the Open Door School Bell Choir had its seasonable debut.

Commissioners, probation officers, other courthouse employees and visitors gathered on the third floor to hear renditions of “Silent Night,” “Peace on Earth” and, of course, “Jingle Bells.”

A special guest, Santa Claus, also stopped by to hear the concert.

Michelle Aldridge, first-year choir director, said the students practiced for three or four weeks to prepare for the choir’s first concert of many throughout the community.

“They love it,” Aldridge said. “They talk about it all year round.”

After the performance, the students got some face time with Santa, his elf and received gifts.

The choir also performed at Jo-Lin Heathcare Center and was treated to lunch at Giovanni’s.

Next week, the choir will travel to the Early Childhood Center in South Point, the Sybene Center and Tri-State Industries in Coal Grove. The choir will also perform at the school’s annual Christmas pageant.

“This is on of the favorite things they get to do,” Aldridge said. “It’s huge for them. … And it’s good for the community to get to see them.”