THE GAZETTE - SERVING CENTRE COUNTY
DECEMBER 24, 2010
Centre Count y Schools Bald Eagle NHS Helps St. John’s Christmas Pageant during Holidays Submitted by Kristina V. Tice Principal, St. John the Evangelist Catholic School
By Rose Hoover
WINGATE – Seven families, including 20 children, in the Bald Eagle Area School District will have a happier Christmas thanks to the efforts of the Bald Eagle High School National Honor Society (NHS). The group had a drive, named the Holiday Families Project, to collect clothing and toys. The response from the BEA community was phenomenal. More than $800 was raised and numerous gift donations were received from local businesses, community members, and BEA students and staff. National Honor Society students were busy wrapping presents on Tuesday after school, and the presents should be safely in the families’ homes before Christmas Eve. NHS President Shane Besong said, “We worked very hard to raise money for this project, and we hope to bring joy to local families in the community this Christmas season.” Mandy Biddle and Jacy Clark are the advisors for the group. Mrs. Biddle said, “The NHS couldn’t have done this without the generosity of our BEA family! It was such an honor to work with the NHS students to help these local families. We hope that each year it continues to be a success. We just want to thank everyone for their contributions; it has helped us to remember that thinking of others, and helping those in need, is the true meaning of the holidays.”
BELLEFONTE – Our Christmas Pageant was held on Tuesday evening (12/14). All students, from four-year old Pre-K through fifth grade participated in a live nativity and retelling of the Christmas Story through Bible readings and traditional Christmas hymns. All in attendance were then invited to the school auditorium to celebrate Jesus’ birthday with more singing and cupcakes. It was a beautiful evening.
National Honor students, Tim Gleason (left), Kyle Johnson, and Rebecca Martin are enjoying wrapping gifts for the BEA Holiday Families Project.
BEA National Honor students Kelsey Shaw (left) and Hanna Brand finish wrapping a present.
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