The holiday spirit is alive and well

December 20, 2011

By Madison Callan

Hall Monitor By Madison Callan Issaquah High School

The week starts off with a bang — the entire school dressed in white, with the Issaquah High School boys basketball team winning its first home game against Newport, continuing its streak with a record of 5-0.

But before the game, a different kind of spirit was called into action. Closing the school day on Friday, Dec. 9, the student body gathered in an assembly to ignite spirit for Winter Fest Week — the annual spirit week preceding winter break — as well as to raise spirit for an important cause.

Much like for homecoming week, Issaquah is spending this year’s spirit week collecting gifts for Seattle Children’s to donate to the often-forgotten teenagers who are forced to spend the winter holidays in the confines of a hospital. These children are often left out of the standard donations to the hospital, which usually focus on gifts for infants and the elderly.

As excitement builds in the holiday-decorated hallways of Issaquah High with the fast-approaching winter break, students are not only organizing donations for the hospital, but a food drive for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank as well. Students are also rallying around another cause — donating gifts to students of homeless families at IHS. Due to the immense generosity of a number of students, each family in need will be receiving hundreds of dollars in gift cards, as well as individual gifts and stockings stuffed full of goodies.

Uniting around ugly holiday sweater day, the gingerbread house-making contest, and gifts for other teenagers and families in need, Issaquah High School is making this holiday season count.

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