Student government serves up Breakfast with Santa

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Chaplin - posted Tue., Dec. 13, 2011
Posing with Santa at the Parish Hill Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 10 are Student Government members (and junior member) (l-r): Natalie, Meghan, Stephanie, Heather, Eva and McKenzie. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Posing with Santa at the Parish Hill Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 10 are Student Government members (and junior member) (l-r): Natalie, Meghan, Stephanie, Heather, Eva and McKenzie. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The student population may be small, but Parish Hill Middle/High School makes a big impact on the local community. Among the numerous events sponsored annually by the Student Government is Breakfast with Santa, held the morning of Dec. 10 in the school cafeteria. Offering a free breakfast for local families, the event also offered an opportunity to visit with Santa, catch up with neighbors and work on some holiday-themed crafts.

“We do a lot of community service,” said Chris Tillona, who serves as an advisor for the Parish Hill Student Government. Paid events such as dances and movie nights raise funds for free events, such as the Santa breakfast and the Harvest Festival, held earlier this year. “We’re kind of the face of the school,” said Tillona. Money left over after community events goes to pay for scholarships for outgoing seniors. “Either it goes back to the community, or it goes to the students,” said Tillona.

Senior Stephanie Sequin said that Student Government provides teens with a way to help the community. “It’s a fun way to get together and give back,” said Sequin, who is currently serving as the vice president of student government. “It makes you like helping out. It makes you do more than just getting by. It inspires you to help out and get involved as you go forward.”

Among the children enjoying the event were 6-year-old Olivia, her older sister Sophia and their cousin Savannah. Because the sisters’ dad (Robert Jendrewski) is a teacher at the school and a Student Government advisor, the girls are plenty familiar with the event. “We come every year,” said Olivia. But the kids still found the breakfast enjoyable. Olivia enthusiastically visited with Santa multiple times. “I like it because Santa is here,” she said.

For the older girls, the draw was the food. “I like the breakfast,” said Savannah.

“I like the doughnuts,” added Sophia.


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