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The atmosphere was festive in the gym at Lake Catholic High School in Mentor as the seniors hosted the students from Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Broadmoor for the annual Holiday Carnival on Nov. 30.
The carnival, a long-standing tradition between the two schools, has taken place yearly since 1994.
This year, Lake Catholic seniors paired up as buddies with 72 preschoolers and 50 K-12 students from Broadmoor as they moved from one activity to the next.
In addition, the seniors ran the carnival activities, which included crafts, games, music, face painting, snack centers and a movie.
Santa Claus was on hand to greet the Broadmoor students as they arrived by bus.
“Broadmoor students look forward to this event each year. They wonder who they will get paired with from Lake Catholic and hope to see students they have met in the past. Lake Catholic upperclassmen look forward to it as well and are always surprised with how much the Broadmoor students have grown over the past year,” according to a news release sent by Lynnmarie Landwei-Phillips, marketing director for Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood.
Lake Catholic students were given the chance to be even more festive by swapping their usual school uniforms for holiday sweaters during the event.
Mary Elshaw, school supervisor at Broadmoor, isn’t quite sure who benefits the most from the carnival — Lake Catholic students or Broadmoor students.
Mark Crowley, Lake Catholic president, feels the long-standing tradition is a wonderful event.
“We try to have our students recognize service to the community and the kids love doing it,” he said.
Meg Finegan, Lake Catholic math teacher and festival coordinator, thinks the event is wonderful and likes the fact and the students really step up.
Meg Bronson,Lake Catholic English teacher and event coordinator, thinks it’s a great chance to see a different side of the kids.
The holiday festival is a continuation of the many activities that Lake Catholic has been involved with over the past month with Lake County Board of DD/Deepwood, including serving Thanksgiving lunches, making crafts and cookies.
Dana Kennedy, Lake Catholic’s director of marketing and communications, noted that the event was supported by Cardinal Community Credit and they help a lot.
Elfie Roman, Lake County Department of DD/Deepwood superintendent said the agency appreciates its partnership with Lake Catholic.
“Our volunteer services director has worked with the school to create many opportunities for students to interact with individuals with disabilities,” she said. “This creates a greater awareness and acceptance of individuals with disabilities. It also exposes the high school students to potential career opportunities while making great memories for everyone involved."
This article has been reproduced for educational purposes only and appeared in The News-Herald. The original story can be found at: http://www.news-herald.com/general-news/20171130/lake-catholic-high-school-hosts-broadmoor-students-for-annual-holiday-carnival
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