Columbia, SC — On Dec. 11, we were privileged to attend the Winter Days Assembly at Spring Valley High School in which our granddaughter participated. Winter Days is the school’s largest annual project. The students, faculty, staff, parents, businesses and students from feeder middle and elementary schools came together to display the thousands of items they collected to help those less fortunate. It is completely student generated and led.
The thousands of toys, canned goods, children’s books, blankets, coats, baby items, stocking stuffers and bags for the homeless were displayed in the gym around a two-story Christmas tree. Besides this, students collected $5,000 for the Children’s Garden and helped 150 foster children.
Between the speeches by students and leaders of the organizations that received the goods, the school’s orchestra, symphonic band, Viking Singers and gospel choir performed with such professionalism that it just blew us away. My favorite part was the students parading with stuffed animals, while the orchestra and band played “Sleigh Ride.” The beauty of these young people, their joy in giving and the beautiful music just made our Christmas.
This community should be so proud of the Spring Valley student body, Baron Davis, staff and faculty and the parents for uniting to help others with such generosity and joy.
Patricia C. Henegar