The schools of Cedaredge celebrate Christmas every year by bringing in real trees, decorating classrooms, and most importantly, giving back to the community. All three schools introduced new ideas for fundraisers, donations and entertainment for the town this year.
Cedaredge Elementary School put on a 50s-themed Christmas performance for the community on Tuesday night, spreading holiday spirit and providing entertainment for members of the community who may not be able to afford concerts or professional performances. Angela Saenz, a student at Cedaredge High School, watched her two younger siblings perform that night. "It's a way to bring everyone together in the light of the Christmas spirit!" she says cheerfully.
Cedaredge High School placed boxes outside the office labeled with each grade level. The "Coat Drive War" lasts the entire month of December. Classes compete by putting coats for the less fortunate in their class's box to gain points, and gloves, hats or other warm items in other class's boxes to steal their points. The students grabbed the opportunity to both get an extended lunch and to help those in need stay warm. The four boxes filled to the brim with winter clothing by the second week of the contest. The school's band and choir also put on free concerts at the end of the semester.
Students of all ages come together during the holiday season to spread Christmas cheer and to give back to the community. Many express their excitement about giving rather than receiving and enthusiastically throw all of their effort into making sure everyone has a fulfilling holiday season.