SPICEWOOD — When Spicewood Elementary School fourth-grader Morgan Hagood learned her artwork would not only appear on the school district’s Christmas card but be sent across Texas, her eyes grew wide.
“I thought it was just going to be for our schools,” she said. “You mean it’s going all over Texas? I didn’t know that.”
Marble Falls Independent School District central office staff recently selected Hagood’s drawing featuring Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer as the official district Christmas card artwork. On Monday, Superintendent Ryder Warren and Assistant Superintendent Cathy Gabro delivered lunch from Chili’s to Hagood and two of her friends in the Spicewood Elementary cafeteria.
“This is such a positive thing for the elementary campuses,” Warren said. “This is the second year we’ve done this. And the feedback we received from last year’s card was incredible. We received so many compliments.”
Last year’s card featured a drawing of a snowman by Colt Elementary School student Christian Dyer.
Warren said the official district Christmas card is sent to many school districts across the state.
“We basically send it to everybody I know or (the district) deals with,” he said. “We send one to our state leaders such as Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock and Sen. Troy Fraser. It will also go to all our local political leaders such as the mayors, city councils and county commissioners.”
Hagood said even though she knew her card would be entered in the selection process, she didn’t understand just how far the winning entry would travel.
“It feels really cool that it’s going all over Texas,” she said.
Students from the district’s four elementary schools can enter a drawing in their campus’ selection process. Warren said each school then selects five or six to forward to the central administration office.
“Then several members of the central office staff go over all the entries and pick one for the Christmas card,” he said. “It’s something I think the staff has come to look forward to as well.”
Though Hagood has been drawing since she was 3, the idea of creating Rudolph just “popped into her head,” she said.
“I don’t know where it came from, really,” she said. “I just thought it was something fun to draw.”
Photo by Daniel Clifton