A new fundraiser at Maryville Christian School was meant to not only raise money but also inspire some Christmas spirit.
On Nov. 15 the school held its inaugural Festival of Trees event. Debbie Farnsworth had the idea for a festival of trees and Becky Gay, Hilary Anderson and Kim Wood helped coordinate the host of parents and volunteers who made it happen. The idea came up last Christmas, and they started putting plans in place in August when school began again.
The funds raised were to pay for an addition to house the science lab and the orchestra.
The festival of trees involved the children and each class. Classes decorated trees that were on display during the evening. Judges chose the Most Creative, Most Inspirational and Most Beautiful trees. In addition, Festival of Trees guests could purchase tickets to put in a container by the tree they would like to take home. At the end of the evening, one ticket was drawn for each tree and that lucky winner took the tree home.
Middle and High School principal Jackie Klima said they hope to expand Festival of Trees into an elegant evening, but started with this year’s more family-oriented, less costly event. “I think everybody is just worried about the economy,” Klima said. “You can celebrate Jesus’ birthday without a lot of money.”
Shalee Tipton, athletic director and fundraising assistant, said students were excited about decorating trees. “We’ve been so excited, and the kids have really gotten behind this.”