Grimshaw Jr Sr High School's Community Christmas event a huge success

View photo album of the event here

A “Christmas Miracle” is a term being used to describe the community Christmas event held at Grimshaw Jr Sr High School (GHS) on Saturday December 10.

“I think it is a Christmas miracle, everyone put in their time, came together as a team and the community came out – it is pretty amazing” says Amber Denison, grade 12 GHS student and External Affairs officer for the school’s Student Parliament leadership team.

Between 200 and 300 community members attended the community Christmas event that included live music, photos with Santa, various family craft and activity stations, and a traditional turkey dinner. The event was organized by GHS students and staff and was made possible by the generous donations from the community.

The GHS Student Parliament Team, students and staff organized, planned and rallied the support of the community to offer an afternoon and evening of activities for families to enjoy. Grimshaw residents along with guests from surrounding communities such as Peace River, Berwyn, Fairview and Grande Prairie attended the event.

Alberta’s Minister of Energy and Dunvegan Central Peace MLA, Marg McCuaig-Boyd was also in attendance and afterwards tweeted “I had a lot of fun at the event. Thanks to the Student Parliament for organizing a wonderful event.”

Dusty Prodon, grade nine GHS student who helped said he learned a lot from the experience. “I learned that if you try hard enough, you really can make an impact in the community.”

The event was described as “charming” by Diane Smith, community member who enjoyed photos with Santa and took part in various activities. Diane expressed the importance of interaction between the school and community. “It is absolutely important for the school and community to come together” says Diane. “Interaction with schools is important – it’s what keeps the town alive. We are interested in what is going on with the schools and younger people.”

Kirsten Robertson, grade eight student said GHS students presented their idea to the town. “We did a presentation to the Town of Grimshaw and they enjoyed it so they gave us money to put this community event on” said Kirsten. “We were going to have a float in the parade but sadly it got cancelled.”  Students also commented on the overwhelming generosity of the entire community and noted the majority of the food was donated by Super A Foods.

“We had a lot of sponsorship from the town” says Amber, GHS student.  “Students went around to businesses and a big thank you goes to them for their support and guidance.”

“Hats off to the students and the hard work they put in” says GHS Principal Adam Murray. “It was amazing, they worked hard with local business, local government, other groups and students in the school. They made it a really meaningful day and night for everyone and it is evident the community really wanted to be a part of it and support them. We are very impressed and proud.”  

A comment from a community member on social media echos Principal Murray’s statements: “Absolute job well done! To the students, staff, and volunteers of GHS for doing such an amazing job for such a worthy cause! You touched a lot of hearts and brought our community closer together.”