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Lila Pasko, left, steps into a hula hoop, while student leader Lauren Kovalchick watches her program. Lila was one of 40 students participating in games and other activities. this past week at the Vacation Bible School at Nativity B.V.M. Church.

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STAFF PHOTOS/C.J. MARSHALL Children enjoy arts and crafts, one of the many activities during Nativity B.V.M. Church’s Vacation Bible School last week. Participating in the event included, from left, Emma Boock, Emma Elias, Ein Bartsch, Stella Minick, and Kendall Golden.

About 40 children ages pre-school through fifth grade enjoyed a variety of activities at Nativity B.V.M. Church last week during its annual Vacation Bible School.

Angie Burke, the middle school and high school youth group leader at the church, explained that the youths participated in arts and crafts, singing sessions, Bible studies, and games.

“This year, the theme is “We’re all on God’s team” Burke explained. “The idea is it’s important that everybody need to be able to work together and understand and accept each other.”

The event was held Wednesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Children did not have to be members of the church in order to participate, Burke said.

In order to make the Bible study sessions more interesting, students put on a series of plays on Friday, depicting a number of Biblical episodes.

Among the stories included David and Goliath, God’s creation, and the Good Samaritan.

“We have a lot of volunteers helping out,” Burke said. “Adults, as well as older students who lend a hand.”

This is the second year Burke has overseen Nativity’s Vacation Bible School.“I’m a teacher at Tunkhannock Area High School,” she explained. “I like working with kids, and it’s exciting to see the kids come here and work together at the church.

Emma Elias, 12, of Tunkhannock, is one of the student leaders helping out with the younger children.

“I’ve been doing this for two years,” Elias explained. “I wanted to help out in the community, and I thought it would be kind of fun. It’s great working with the little kids and see them learning about the church.”

Elizabeth DeMarco, 15, of Tunkhannock, has also been a student leader at Nativity’s Vacation Bible School for the past two years. She’s had previous experience with the school, having first participated in it when she was in kindergarten.

“All my siblings were going, and they always enjoyed it,” DeMarco said.

She said the crafts and snacks were the best thing she liked about Vacation Bible School when she was younger.

“It taught me church can be fun,” she said.

Joe Casey, 15, of Tunkhannock, said he became a student leader because be believes it is a nice way to help the community.

“It’s great the kids can learn about religion and all the activities the church has going on,” he said.