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2 Hall schools named finalists for winter jingle contest
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Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy was one of six schools statewide to win the Winter Weather Jingle Contest, along with another Hall County school, Tadmore Elementary.

Students in third through fifth grades prepared two-minute videos for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s contest done as part of its Ready Georgia campaign.

All finalists are featured on the Ready Georgia Facebook and YouTube pages.

In Wauka’s video, fifth-grade students Alexis Battle, Grace Telander, Kendal Clackum, Makenna Conner sang a jingle advising people to prepare, plan and stay informed.

Teacher Rebecca Bowen said her students split into small groups to put together their jingles and the girls’ video was chosen as the one to submit to the contest.

“They came up with it all on their own,” Bowen said. “... They did their own little choreographing for the little dance that goes with it. They just had a lot of fun doing it.”

Tadmore’s video featured Principal Robin Gower singing the jingle “I’ll be Prepared for Snow Days” to the tune of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

“They planned what it would look like and they helped with lyrics,” Gower said.

“Our computer teacher put it together, but they helped videotape and came up with all the ideas.”

Charley English, deputy director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security, said the contest was designed to help students learn how to be prepared and hopefully carry the message home to their parents as well.

“We are always impressed to see how Georgia students incorporate information they’ve learned about winter weather preparedness,” English said. “... Winter weather can become dangerous quickly, and it’s important to prepare before snow and ice is in the forecast.”