SCRIBES: Preparing for a Christmas Gathering

by Erin Roach, Shayna Stochmal, and Kaitlin Wilson

featuring the work of young journalists from Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District High Schools

Staff and students at St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School, Barrie, have already started to plan their 13th annual Christmas Dinner. The gathering, which will take place on December 11th at the school, includes a delicious hot dinner, clothing, and gifts for families and individuals who would otherwise not be able to enjoy these holiday treats. An important part of the community during the cold months, 250 people hope to be welcomed into the school for this event.

Last year, the Christmas dinner was a huge success -approximately 200 guests enjoyed a beautiful Christmas meal. Students and teachers alike were ready and willing to help, and they pulled off the event with grace and enthusiasm.

Students at St. Joan of Arc have many opportunities to participate in this special night. Students in the Grade 11 Arts and Crafts class have already finished sewing mittens, which will be included in the free winter clothing boutique for the guests attending. Students on the Senior Knight Mentors Team will soon be offered a chance to volunteer their time, helping to serve on this night. Mrs Goorts and Mrs Godin, who cater the evening, have already started collecting donations and food for the evening as well.

The aforementioned goods provided to attendees are free, a gift to them. Students bring in clothes, toys, and food items in the weeks before the event to donate to the cause. St. Joan of Arc has also implored small businesses in Barrie and surrounding areas, for anything they can provide to help. Bussing is also provided from specific Barrie locations. These kindnesses further demonstrate the giving spirit of the season, which is necessary in order to make the event run smoothly.

The St. Joan of Arc staff and students are proud to host this wonderful yearly event truly spreading the spirit of Christmas, and making a huge difference in the community. It provides students with an awareness of the less fortunate and provides those welcomed in with a warm, friendly atmosphere fit for the holiday season. However, the most important part, in the eyes of the children who attend, is a special visit from Santa Claus himself.