Weekly Feature



2012-11-28 / Education

Ken West student club organizes holiday food drive, dance

The Kenmore West Student Council is planning to create some holiday hype at the high school with activities that are planned for next month.

Each December, the Community Club, a service and outreach organization at Kenmore West, hosts a holiday party for needy families from the Greater Buffalo region.

In addition to playing games, meeting Santa Claus, and receiving presents, the families also receive bags of nonperishable foods.

Traditionally, the food is supplied by a schoolwide food drive organized by the Student Council. However, Student Council President Brian Stuhlmiller has raised the stakes for the annual drive.

Knowing that each year the holiday party attracts more families than the year before, Stuhlmiller recognized the need for additional food.

He decided to expand the food drive from a school event to a communitywide effort. This past October, members of the Student Council unanimously supported the change in the annual food drive.

“Everyone seemed to acknowledge that the results of the expanded food drive will be worth the extra work,” Stuhlmiller said.

The food drive will run at Kenmore West through Saturday, Dec. 1. Then students will travel door to door to collect the donations. Those who would like to donate nonperishable foods can do so by bringing them to the high school, 33 Highland Parkway, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1.

The food drive is not the only thing that will be keeping Kenmore

West students busy this season. The Tinsel Ball will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The Tinsel Ball is the school’s winter dance, and the only formal dance besides the prom. For underclassmen especially, the Tinsel Ball is the biggest dance of the year.

“We definitely want to make it special for the whole school,” says one Student Council member. “Tinsel is always so much fun, and each year we try to make it look more beautiful than the last.”

However, making the halls of Kenmore West look like a winter wonderland is no small feat.

This year, the theme of the Tinsel Ball will be The Polar Express.

The dance will be designed around the children’s book written by Chris Van Allsburg and the animated movie that debuted in 2004. The main challenge that Student Council members face will be to maintain the theme in all the decorations and the food provided at the dance. At their last meeting, Student Council members brainstormed ways to incorporate the Polar Express into the halls of Kenmore West.

“In the movie, there’s a whole song about hot chocolate served on the train,” says another Student Council member. “We thought it would be perfect to serve hot chocolate in the cafeteria, instead of the traditional fruit punch.”

The next four weeks will be sprinkled with planning meetings at which Student Council members will continue to invent ways to bring the Polar Express to Kenmore West.

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