If Collier students and staff weren’t in the holiday spirit yet, they certainly are now thanks to Holiday Express! This one-of-a-kind day started off with students entering the gym greeted by volunteers handing out holiday goodies, face painting, singing and dancing to joyous holiday music performed by a live band, and a delicious lunch provided by Jersey Mikes. Some very special guests even made an appearance including the man himself…the Grinch (and Santa)!
“I just wanted to say thank you. I know many of the students needed this,” Andrew, a Collier High School student said to the Holiday Express volunteers. For many of the youth Collier serves, the holiday season can be a time of anxiety, stress, loneliness, and sadness. Holiday Express uses the healing power of music and friendship to give the gift of human kindness to those who need it the most. As the show progressed, you could certainly see the students (and staff) starting to laugh, dance, and enjoy themselves more and more.
Thank you Holiday Express for providing our youth with an opportunity to forget their worries and be 8 years old again. This was a true gift for all!