School district hosts Christmas for students and families

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School District Hosts Christmas for the Community

Now in its ninth year, Trojan Family Christmas provides food, fun and prizes for elementary school students and their families. “Students at the high school, groups and organizations thought it would be a great opportunity to bring our families from the community into our school for a night of holiday celebration,” Superintendent Amy Arcurio said. The celebration included a family meal in the cafeteria, prize drawings in the auditorium and Christmas activities throughout the building.

High school student volunteer elves served as guides and led activities.

In one activity room, 10th-graders Preston Farda and Jacob Fetzer and ninth-grader Marcus Zierer were helping children write letters to Santa. They prepared for the event by making the letter forms, wrapping gifts and hand-decorating envelopes. “We will work for weeks on this,” Marcus said. “It feels good to see it all pay off.” “It gives me a good feeling because there are a lot of kids in the community that can’t have this experience of a family Christmas,” Preston said. “That means a lot to me to be part of something so big.”

Ninth-grader Brooke Hart was similarly moved. “This might be the only Christmas some kids get,” she said. “I like kids. I want to be able to help.”

Tenth-grader Thyi Benjamin Harrington was volunteering for the first time, putting icing on cookies for kids in the cookie- decorating room.
“It’s really fun,” Thyi said.

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