Luke Skywalker (played convincingly by Harrison Hot Springs Elementary kindergarten teacher Dustin Neufeld) strikes a determined pose during his address to Neufeld’s students this week. (Photo/HHSES KinderChannel, YouTube)

Harrison Elementary celebrates May the Fourth

HHSE gets a transmisison from a galaxy far, far away

Not so long ago, in a galaxy at a distance appropriate according to coronavirus protocols…

Harrison Hot Springs Elementary kindergarten teacher Dustin Neufeld got into the spirit of Star Wars Day – May the Fourth – via YouTube as part of his continued effort to stay connected with his students and the school community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neufeld flexes his acting chops by taking on the dual role of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader as well as some of his impressive skills with a lightsaber. Skywalker briefs the students on picking up their work packets for the week from the kindergarten box.

The “missions” for this packet include building their own droids from a piece of paper, helping Princess Leia find the letter “P,” and to help the Galactic Empire’s stormtroopers get in order.

“[The stormtroopers] are not very bright,” he added.

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In an effort to thwart the Jedi master’s plan, Darth Vader makes an appearance at the very end of the 2-minute video, advising kids not to enjoy Star Wars Day and instead to join him “on the dark side.”

Editor’s Note: The Agassiz-Harrison Observer and Black Press do not endorse going to the dark side.

The origin of Star Wars Day is up for debate, according to a CNN report, but the clever wordplay of “May the Fourth” against its Star Wars counterpart “May the Force be with you” can hardly be denied. It’s said that when former U.K. prime minister Margaret Thatcher took office on May 4, 1979, the Conservative party allegedly placed an ad in the London Evening News that read “May The Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

In recent years, it’s become a celebration of the beloved sci-fi staple, featuring live events, broadcasting of the nine main movies and more.

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