Lancer Letter: A busy holiday season

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Monday, December 9th, 2019 at 11:40 AM

The month of December is a very busy time in the school district. Our students are involved in many projects and performances that get everyone into the holiday spirit.

Last week, our 8th grade band once again provided the music for the annual downtown Lighting of the Lights in Edinboro. This is always a great community event and many of our families participate. I’m grateful to John Roden and his students who play a part in this community event.

Music is a big part of the season, and there are many holiday concerts. The 7th and 8th grade chorus kicks off the concert season on Dec. 12 with their program in the high school auditorium. Coming up on Saturday, Dec. 14, the high school’s holiday choir, directed by Bruce Yates, will present their concert. This is always a fun concert that welcomes alumni in attendance to join in the traditional singing of the “Carol of the Bells.” The formal concerts round out on Dec. 17 when the 7th grade band performs at 7 p.m., followed by the 8th grade band and high school symphonic wind ensemble.

Other activities involve our musical groups. For many years now, on the second Friday of December, our high school has hosted the local senior citizens club for a luncheon and concerts. Instrumental students in Jake Malec’s classes provide entertainment, while members of the principal’s cabinet serve as escorts, servers and valet parking. This is always a great activity, which is enjoyed by our students and the senior citizens in attendance.

On Dec. 17, Julia McCollum will take 120 5th and 6th grade choristers “on the road.” They will perform at the elementary schools and the Edinboro borough building. Then, to serve the community that serves us, they will fan out around the town to sing at various businesses. They will all perform on the corner by CVS at 1 p.m., so check it out if you’re available.

While music is an important part of the season, so is compassion and kindness. Each of our buildings are resourced by local churches, organizations and individuals to be certain all of our children in need have a good holiday. The annual shopping trip at the middle schools is done each year, and this year it benefitted 50 students who were able to purchase coats, hats and gloves for the winter season. The nurses at all our buildings are aware of many families in need and get the resources allocated to them.

To help students be part of the giving of the season, our elementary schools conduct activities whereby students can purchase gifts for their families. Called “Santa Shop” in Edinboro and “Holiday Shoppe” in McKean, parent groups create this opportunity for students to be part of the important charitable movement of the season. At the high school, the nurse’s office doubles as a place for medical aid and a place for students from less resources families to get gifts for their family members.

It’s an exceptionally busy time for all, but it is also very rewarding. We want to thank all the individuals and organizations who have given us funds to help our families in need. It is great to be able to be “Santa” on your behalf.

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