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Christmas Fantasy is gala evening for Maryville Christian School

Rachel Tipton, left, and Shaelyn Jeremiah check out some of the items for auction during the Christmas Fantasy event at Maryville Christian School.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Rachel Tipton, left, and Shaelyn Jeremiah check out some of the items for auction during the Christmas Fantasy event at Maryville Christian School.

On Nov. 21, more than 400 supporters of Maryville Christian School gathered for a Christmas Fantasy auction and dinner, which featured live and silent auctions, a catered meal, crafts and games, gingerbread houses, photo opportunities and lots of drawings for prizes, including Christmas trees decorated by classes at the school.

There was even a surprise visit from Elvis. The event raised more than $13,000, much of which will fund recent technological additions to the school, including a new computer lab for the elementary school and 6 new Promethean Boards for classrooms.

The auctions featured wreaths and centerpieces created by Geraldine McKenry, vacation packages, Disney World passes, tickets to theater and musical performances, and more. The school orchestra and choirs performed, the lower-elementary drama group enacted a nativity scene, and the 8th grade class gave a reading from Charles Dickens.

One distinctive element of the Christmas Fantasy was the Christmas tree raffle, which featured themed trees decorated by the classes.

The 9th grade class’s military-themed tree honored the different branches of service, and even incorporated uniform insignia into an appliquéd tree skirt.

A Webkinz-themed tree appealed to the next generation of techies, while classic themes like snowmen, stars, birds and sports were also popular. The room mothers for each of the classes were responsible for overseeing the decoration of the trees.

The school, founded in 1994, has recently added a new technology-based math curriculum, and a new science and orchestra wing with fully-equipped chemistry classrooms and a large orchestra rehearsal space.

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