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MARION CENTER: Students get into holiday spirit

by By JAKEB RISING, Gazette Student News Reporter on December 13, 2013 11:00 AM

MARION CENTER — Marion Center Area High School is getting into the Christmas Spirit this month. Student council kicked off the holiday festivities with daily themes for the Twelve Day of Christmas. Members also recently hosted their annual Santa’s Breakfast.

The Creative Writing Club is holding its annual Holiday Howl, and FBLA is holding its annual Business Brunch. Cathy Paterson’s art classes have spread the holiday cheer by painting windows in the community.

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Student council is currently encouraging the students and faculty to show off their spirit by participating in the “12 Days of Christmas,” which started on Dec. 5. Each day has a theme:

Dec. 5 — Lumberjack Day

Dec. 6 — Christmas Character Day

Dec. 9 — Hat, Glove, & Scarf Day

Dec. 10 — Spring Fever Day

Dec. 11 — Jingle Bell & Christmas Sock Day

Dec. 12 — Candy Cane Day

Dec. 13 — Ribbons, Bows, & Tie Day

Dec. 16 — Santa Hat Day

Dec. 17 — Christmas Bingo

Dec. 18 — Christmas Sweater Day

Dec. 19 — Christmas Cut-out Day

Dec. 20 — Christmas Spirit Day

Student council members also recently hosted their Santa’s Breakfast, which was organized by Kyle Hicks, student council treasurer, as his senior project. Approximately 250 people in the community attended the event, enjoying the opportunity to eat with Santa, play games and make crafts. Toys and donations collected at the event were given to The Salvation Army.

Other clubs are holding events for their members, including Creative Writing Club and FBLA. Creative Writing is holding its annual Holiday Howl today, during which members can get together, enjoy food and share writing pieces relating to the holiday season and Friday the 13th. FBLA is holding its annual Business Brunch on Dec. 20. All FBLA members and business class students are welcome to attend the event.

Paterson accompanied many of her high-achieving art students on a trip to paint the windows of the Marion Center National Bank on Main Street on Dec. 5.

Students participating were Arista Barnoff, Maddie Jones, Maddie Betts, Lindsay Herring, Amanda Baker, Taya Whitfield, Brittany Smith, Hanna Beer and Jed Goss. They painted a large variety of Christmas images including Christmas trees, Santa, characters from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” snowmen and a nutcracker. They’re work was commemorated with a donation from the bank to Children’s Hospital. The students also painted the windows at Marion Center’s administration building, spreading the holiday cheer.

[PHOTO: Lindsay Herring, a Marion Center Area High School art class student, attended a field trip on Dec. 5 to paint the Marion Center Bank’s windows. She was painting a Christmas tree.  (Jakeb Rising/Marion Center Area High School photo)]

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