Christmas cheer is alive and well at schools in Hope.
Events have been held throughout the month of December, with spirit weeks, fundraisers, decorating and plenty of festive food.
At Hope secondary, Eat Week is an annual event to raise money to purchase gift cards for teens in the community. This year they raised $750 and purchased more than 30 gift cards to donate to Hope Community Services. That fundraiser suffered a bit because all of the proceeds come from food served at school. There was a week of school lost due to the weather.
They also have an annual event called 12 Days of Christmas, where students enter to win the chance to open a door on an advent calendar to win prizes. Each day there is an event or Spirit Day where students earn “spirit passes.” There is the Egg Nog Chug and Pyjama Day, which are both popular.
On Sunday, Dec. 5, leadership students came into the school and decorated for the season, including 15 trees in the school’s hallways, and posted greetings to every individual in our school. New this year was a Christmas door decorating contest.
Hope secondary students also spent time making Christmas crafts with kindergarten and Grade 1 students at Silver Creek and Coquihalla elementary schools, helped out at Community Services on Dec. 14 with their Holly Days preparations, have made “care bags” for those in need in the community, and have been working on collecting items for the food bank all month.
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