A Holiday Helping Hand

The arrival of the holidays at St. Luke’s brings many wondrous things; Festive Fridays, “Yulehouse” Coffeehouse, the Holiday Boutique and of course the much anticipated Candy Grams. But as some may forget, the juniors have a very special task this time of year. As a class, they are responsible for the annual Carver Center Holiday Party. The students finally take a break from their usual junior-year-homework-grind and perpetual self-pity to spend time in groups organizing the party.  The individual groups are responsible for coordinating activities, crafts, refreshments, and decorations to help make the party special for all in attendance.

Paul Freeman ’14 as Santa Claus at the Junior Class party at the Carver Center.

The Carver Center, located in Norwalk, was established to create a fun and safe environment for the children of our community to learn and grow together.  Its aim is to help nurture children to become strong leaders, giving them the skills to truly make a difference in society.  “We’ve been working with the Carver Center for a very long time.  Our past headmaster, Dick Whitcomb, was involved with them before and continues to be connected to them.” Said Mrs. Parker-Burgard, who is in charge of helping the junior class with the party.

The annual party is in its tenth year this year, and as always the juniors plan to make it a memorable part of the holiday season! The Carver Center party committee, a group of twelve St. Luke’s juniors, met earlier this year to discuss what needed to be done in order to make this a truly special event. “We met and each decided to take on a certain aspect of the party,” explained one of the committee members. The party will include games, crafts, and thanks to the talented artists at St. Luke’s, even face painting. When asked what she most looked forward to, Amber Calhoune ’14 said, “getting to interact with the children and [giving them] a memorable time.” Allison Frattaroli ’14 responded similarly (and with great enthusiasm) when asked the same question, “I’m excited to play around with all the little kiddies!”

The junior class was ready and eager to work hard to make this a spectacular holiday party.  In the past their hard work has definitely paid off; “Twice we’ve received awards from [the Carver Center] in recognition of our work with them.” said Mrs. Parker-Burgard. But it was not the accolades that were most rewarding to the junior class; the real gratifying experience, of course, was spreading holiday cheer!

 –– Riley Vaske, Contributing Writer

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