SHS Volunteers Help Spread Feelings of Holiday Cheer
One of the best ways to feel holiday spirit is to help others feel it.
Sierra High School students volunteered to help spread that holiday spirit at the first night of the two-day Christmas in the Park event held at the Manteca library.
The small community atmosphere warmed holiday hearts through the events offered.
At the gingerbread decorating contest tent, children of all ages lined up to showcase their work on the cookies. Frosting smeared the tables, and sprinkles were thrown everywhere.
As the night continued, children swarmed the tables eagerly awaiting their turn as the Sierra High volunteers worked hard to keep up with demand as the night had just begun.
“I loved seeing kids come out and participate rather than spending their time doing something without meaning,” said SHS junior Kanani Drummond.
“Usually kids are busy on their phones or at home. This is a good change.”
Another highlight of the night was decorating the Christmas tree. SHS Interact and California Leadership Association clubs were among the volunteers. Both clubs worked together to decorate the Christmas tree.
One student held up a large flashlight, chasing around volunteers with ornaments in their hands. A long line of students formed a conga line holding a string of Christmas lights, eventually becoming entangled in one another.
At one point, the Christmas tree itself was about to topple over. It began to look like a mess until soon the volunteers worked together to successfully decorate the tree.
Before the night ended, club members felt closer. Many exchanged phone numbers with promises to deepen their friendships later.
Most of all, many students who attended Christmas in the Park felt rewarded for participating in the event.
Many made new friends with the event coordinators and the younger children who came to have fun.
For many volunteers, the event was worth-while and gave them a sense of community pride. Holidays get a little bit brighter when you help others enjoy them more.