Family, friends, children, music, goodwill, and cheer. Hundreds of students took part in celebrations of Christmas at each of our schools this week, ahead of the Christmas Break.
"Our Christmas concerts have become an important outreach of our schools to our communities," says Director General Abraham Jolly. "We see our gymnasiums filled with families and community members, children of all ages; we hear music; and we share snacks. The spirit is positive and uplifting, and has come to be known as a hallmark of the school year for our students and their families."
At one school, Voyageur Memorial High School, teachers Madeleine Ouellet and Nsitu Mbungu organized a food and clothing drive ahead of the hoidays. For a month there were bins (one for clothes and one for food) at the entrance of the school for anyone to make a donation. One person donated 10 used winter coats! Then, on December 17th, the items were collected for distribution to Mistissini families in need at the holidays.
"It is a very simple initiative in some ways," says Interim Principal Natasha Erickson, "but a very impactful one."
Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 6 classes at each of our schools prepared Christmas music to share with families and community members. Concerts included traditional holiday music as well as other inspiring tunes, such as Michael Jackson's Heal the World.&
In Waswanipi, students and teachers participated in the community Christmas parade, designing a float representing a gingerbread house.
Some schools had a bake sale to raise money for the school; at Voyageur Memorial Elementary School, the sale raised more than $2,000.
Bravo to all performers, and Merry Christmas to everyone!