Barnhart Knows How to Do the Holidays Right!

Prior to Winter break, Barnhart hosted a safe and contactless Holiday Cheer Drive-thru for its students to celebrate and share light during the darkest days of Winter.

The Holiday drive-thru, along with all of the the twinkling lights, festive music, and fun Christmas decorations, included different stopping points that celebrated and exhibited different Winter Holidays that are celebrated around the world, including Hanukkah (the Jewish festival of Lights), Kwanzaa (the African American Winter celebration), Las Posadas (the Latinx celebration of Mary and Joseph’s journey), Pasko (Filipino Christmas), and Christmas. Families were given hot chocolate, Candy Canes, festive pencils, Hanukkah gelt, and cookie kits to take home. Students dropped off ornaments to trim the school’s tree. Middle School Students dropped off filled stockings to donate to Shepherd’s Pantry for distribution to children in need, and two eighth graders coordinated a healthy food drive to remember those less fortunate during the holidays.

Leading up to the end of the drive thru, our school’s traditional Polar Express decorations graced the way. Finally, great ol’ St. Nick was there as the grand finale to wave and wish the students a wonderful holiday break. Following the drive thru, families were invited to watch the virtual holiday special at home in their jammies, featuring songs by our students. The evening ended with a virtual Hanukkah celebration,and families lit candles together, played dreidel, and shared their favorite Hanukkah memories. A few days later on December 26th, the community joined together once more for the first night of Kwanzaa for a candle lighting ceremony. The holiday spirit unified the Bobcat community and brought everyone warmth and togetherness.

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