Woodland Students Spread Holiday Cheer


When asked what they’re favorite holiday is, seven out of ten Woodland students said Christmas.

Considering this statistic, its no wonder how much evidence of holiday cheer is everywhere at Woodland Regional High  School . Since the first days of December there have been a number of different events and fundraisers that spread the spirit of the holidays throughout Woodland.

During the first weekend of December The culinary department held a Pancake Breakfast with Santa. Students from Culinary classes dressed up in festive Christmas costumes, like elves and Santa Clause and served breakfast to children from the community.

“I think the breakfast was a such a fun way to start off the holiday season,” said culinary student, Maria Carranza.

English Department head Michelle Papa and her advisory  sponsored a holiday door decorating contest that has gone on throughout the month of December. For a fee of five dollars, advisories could decorate the door of the room where their advisory meets. The money raised was donated to help support Matt Kalita’s senior project. Since the school opened, Papa and her advisories have been sponsoring the contest. This year the topic that decorated doors had to adhere to was “Cartoon Characters in a Holiday Setting.”

“We like doing it because we you walk down the hall its nice to see some of the doors decorated,” said Papa. “It just makes you smile.”

On December 19th, Mrs. Brunelle and Mrs. Christiano sponsored an “Ugly Holiday Sweater Day.
 Participants were asked to make a  five dollar donation-for staff members- or a one dollar donation- for students- and wear the ugliest holiday sweater they could find. All the money raised was donated to the Ovarian Cancer Society in honor of Susan Lewis, a Woodland teacher who passed away from Ovarian Cancer last winter.

“I was so excited when I heard about Ugly Sweater Day,” said junior Emma Sardinskas. “The money goes to a great cause and I think it was a great way to spread holiday cheer.”

The Woodland Regional Student Council also helped contribute to getting Woodland in the holiday spirit by holding a Cards for Kids Event. All members of the student body were invited to make homemade holiday cards after school on December 19th for sick children. All the cards made then got donated to an organization called Cards for Hospitalized Kids, who then donates the cards to sick kids in the hospital.

Through these charity events, Woodland students have truly embraced the spirit of giving to others that is so often associated with the holiday season.