School carolers exemplify Christmas spirit

"I think this class deserves a big thanks for bringing us back to what matters..."

You may have received a knock on your door over the last couple of weeks and when you answered there stood a group of Grade 6-7 students from Mr. Page’s class at Glenmerry Elementary School who were there to sing you a Christmas Carol.

If you were the fortunate recipient of one of these Christmas Carol-o-Grams it was purchased for you, by a loved one or friend, from these very students a couple of weeks ago who stood outside Ferraro Foods selling these as a fundraiser.

The money they raised was shared with Kate’s Kitchen so not only have these young people and teacher gone out into the community to spread Christmas Cheer but have also helped some of the most vulnerable people in the community who may not otherwise have the chance of a good meal over the Christmas Season without such charitable donations.

I think this class deserves a big thanks for bringing us back to what matters, which is not all this hustle and bustle about during the Christmas season or stress over the holidays due to money being spent on gifts but plain old fashioned Christmas traditions, hitting the streets to spread Christmas cheer in the form of a song.

I was lucky enough to join one group on their Christmas gift giving of a Carol-o-Gram and what an experience it was.

I was moved to tears watching one gentleman tear up after receiving his Christmas-Carol-o-Gram and as he stood and watched these young people perform their Christmas carol, albeit a bit off tune with a few giggles in between, but filled with lots of Christmas spirit, he became speechless.

The night was filled with Christmas joy as the kids sang to a group of elderly individuals at the hospital and I don’t even think they realized how much their presence meant to the people they were singing for.

But what I assume these budding little singers understand least of all is how this small gesture that took up a relatively short time in their lives, will live on for many this season.

So here is a heartfelt thanks to Mr. Page and his Grade 6-7 class at Glenmerry Elementary school, Merry Christmas to you all!

Gail PighinTrail

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