EJHS to host winter festival

COCOLAMUS The gymnasium and cafeteria at East Juniata High School will be glittering with snowflakes Dec. 7 for the sake of children.

The first “Winter Wonderland” will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 7 for elementary school-aged children. The event is sponsored by the EJHS chapter of the National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America and Student Council.

Maddie Trego is NHS president at the school. The day’s festivities are free to the public, although there will be a donation bucket for those who wish to give funds to a needy family in Juniata County, she said.

The day will include a visit from Santa Claus, cookie decorating, winter games, face painting, crafts and a viewing of the movie “Elf.” Children will also have the opportunity to write their wish list to Santa on a scroll, which will be mailed to St. Nick the next week.

Trego said the day is centered around the children, though family members are encouraged to attend and participate with the youngsters.

“Elementary kids get really excited for Christmas, and (high school students) remember how we liked activities like this when we were younger,” she said.

Trego said she hopes the school will come alive with the feeling of winter and the holidays as snowflakes will be the main decor, as well as a Christmas tree and various other decorations to bring the feel of Christmas.

Students will be welcomed at the door by greeters from one of the three organizations at the school. They will be given candy canes and the option of going to either the gym or the cafeteria for activities.

The NHS holds various community outreach events throughout the year, but Trego said they have the most fun with the winter activities. Two years ago, their “Breakfast with Santa ” event was a hit, she said.

For more information on the event, call the school at 463-2111.