by: Reagan Mitchell
Sub 4 Santa is a charity event held by the student body officers, the class officers, and other student organizations to raise money for children that are not able to have the Christmas that we have. We have many events to raise money. During this time, we are able to focus the best parts of Christmas. Junior Class Senator, Joseph Cloward said, “Sub for Santa is a great chance for us as officers and as a whole school to come together and as a family and provide service and share our love with those who need it most.”
There are many activities held during this time. Starting in November, all the officers carry decorated buckets around school, where you can donate cash. The class that brings in the most money receives a gift card to Target and is praised by the other officers and pretty much the whole school. Although winning feels good, many of the class officer said that the reason they put in all the work that they do for the joy comes from knowing that they were able to serve these people and give them a better Christmas.
Some of our favorite Sub 4 Santa activites to look forward to for this year are the famous SHAVE IT or SAVE IT, where the students get to decide the fate of someone’s luscious locks, the date auction, raffle baskets, selling hot chocolate, Bonneville`s Got Talent, Mr. and Mrs. Claus and food trucks during lunch. Last week at Bonneville`s Got Talent, the student government walked around and everyone participated in the Miracle Minute, where they walked around and people gave whatever they could spear. This year, we hope to beat the $13,000 we raised last year and set the new record for our school.
With the money we earn from all these activities we choose families in the neighborhood that are in need of some help and the kids of these families are invited to the Walmart parking lot where Santa flies down in a helicopter and lands. The student government is able to watch as all the kids walk into the Walmart as they participate in the Shop with a Cop activity. Junior Class Representative Erin Sheffield said, “My favorite part are the kids faces because it just melts our hearts. There is not a dry eye. The most amazing part is that most of the time, these little kids pick out presents not for themselves, but for the loved ones in their lives.”
This Christmas season we should all be more like these generous kids and remember that the true joy and spirit of this season comes from being around our loved ones and giving back to the community. Remember that the best gift we can receive is having the opportunity to give to others. So during this Christmas season, donate to on the of the officers, buy some raffle tickets, win a date with the person of your dreams, drink some nice hot chocolate, and maybe even put some of your luscious locks on the line. Choose to bring happiness and service into this Christmas season by participating in the Sub for Santa activities.