Holly Harrison and Katie LaFace found out gingerbread house decorating was a messy task at Walnut Grove Secondary. (Bailey Martens/Special to the Langley Advance)

Langley high school students mark Christmas with fundraising and fun

Schools typically hold holiday events before Christmas break. This year they are about giving back.

Langley’s high schools have taken to celebrating the holiday season by honouring the spirit of giving while still having Christmas fun.

Walnut Grove turned the entire school into a fun fundraiser for the Gator Xmas Extravaganza. Students and staff set up different stations throughout to fundraise for the Langley Youth Hub which will open in the New Year and the BC SPCA.

In addition to a talent show and photos with dogs, people could roast hot dogs and marshmallows, decorate gingerbread, carol, compete in the eggnog chug and wrapping paper challenge, watch holiday movies, make decorations and more. Games of dodge ball and doctor dodge ball were held, and proceeds from spectator ticket sales were earmarked for the youth shelter.

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D.W. Poppy Secondary put out the welcome mat for breakfast on Friday. In conjunction with the community, it hosted a fundraising and fun Christmas breakfast. The Langley Lions Club, accustomed to firing up the griddles, fed a big crowd. The event was by donation with the proceeds going to the school breakfast program which feeds up to 130 students each morning.

The school musical groups provided the Christmas classics on trumpet, flute and cello. Santa greeted everyone at the door and handed out candy canes.

Principal George Kozlovic announed on the school’s social media feed that more than $1,300 was raised.

To cap the school year, the students enjoyed an assembly. Local tradition has become teachers doing music performances or parodies.

At Poppy’s Christmas assembly, vice principal Gord Yu donned an Elsa wig (think Frozen) and led the sing-along.

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At Aldergrove Community Secondary, the final day of school before the Christmas break started with a hearty pancake breakfast and ugly sweater challenge.

Staff and students offered up cover versions for the student assembly’s lip sync battle. Vice principal Jason Malo couldn’t convince fellow staff to build a snowman (again with inspiration take from the movie Frozen).

ACSS Admin Christmas from ACSS Totems on Vimeo.

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Langley Fundamental Middle and Secondary School students have been supporting the Giving Trees campaign this holiday season in support of two Langley families and the Youth Hub.

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Langley Secondary students spend the days leading up to Christmas break taking part in colourful activities including cookie decorating, holiday socks and hat day, gingerbread decoreating, ugly Christmas sweater contests, PD Day, and more.

But they didn’t forget the spirit of giving, with students delivering Christmas presents to the families the school sponsored this year.

 

Claire Virtue donned an elf costume to help at the photos with dogs fundraiser at Walnut Grove Secondary. (Bailey Martens/Special to the Langley Advance)

Fire pits were outside at the Walnut Grove Gator Xmas Extravaganza on Dec. 22 to allow students such as Kai Damgajjan to roast marshmallows and hot dogs. (Bailey Martens/Special to the Langley Advance)

Liliane Brault tried to make her way around the school after being gift wrapped during a contest at Walnut Grove Secondary’s Gator Xmas Extravaganza. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

D.W. Poppy Secondary held a pancake breakfast as part of its festive activities before school got out for Christmas break. (Submitted)

D.W. Poppy Secondary held a pancake breakfast as part of its festive activities before school got out for Christmas break. (Submitted)

Students and others volunteered to wrap gifts at Willowbrook Shopping Centre during the holidays. The proceeds go to the Langley School District Foundation. (Submitted)

Students and others volunteered to wrap gifts at Willowbrook Shopping Centre during the holidays. The proceeds go to the Langley School District Foundation. (Submitted)

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