CA WinterFest greatly benefits charities




Photo by Rhonda S. Sanders Carman-Ainsworth Superintendent Bill Haley reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas” using an iPad.

Photo by Rhonda S. Sanders Carman-Ainsworth Superintendent Bill Haley reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas” using an iPad.

FLINT TWP. — Seated in a traditional storyteller pose with children gathered around his feet, Carman-Ainsworth Superintendent Bill Haley delivered a rendition of the Christmas classic “ The Night Before Christmas’’ with a modern twist. He read it from an iPad.

Yes, Virginia, there is an App for that. iPads were introduced as a techno-teaching tool in some CA high school classes this year.

Haley was featured as part of the entertainment at the 4th annual CA WinterFest celebration held on Saturday at the middle school. Designed to bring the community together to support agencies who provide help to families during the holidays, proceeds from WinterFest benefit Old Newsboys, the Salvation Army, the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

Featuring free food, fun and entertainment community event is sponsored by the Carman-Ainsworth Men at W.O.R.K. program, which provides opportunities for fathers and men to become actively involved in children’s education.

WinterFest is funded entirely by community donations, said Mike Kildee, an event organizer along with Rod Reyes.

Kildee estimated that 1000 to 1200 people attended the come-and-go-as-youplease event over the course of four hours.

The collection netted 900 pounds of food donated to the Food Bank, enough to provide 540 meals to needy families, he said.

Seventy coats collected for women and children were donated to the Salvation Army and more than 100 toys were donated to Toys for Tots.

Also about $2000 in cash donations were taken in to support Winter Fest and the participating charities, Kildee said.

Other highlights included performances by the CAMS 6th and 8th grade choirs, directed by Chris Lewis; CAMS Performers, directed by Sue Miller; Rankin Elementary School Singers, directed by Melissa Dresbach; Randels Elementary Dance Group, directed by Patricia Akmon; the CAHS ”Choraleers”, directed by Faith Yassick; and the CAHS Symphony Ensemble and Percussion under the direction of Benjy Jones.

The Salvation Army Band also performed.

The National Junior Honor Society did arts and crafts with younger children and helped them decorate a Christmas cookie, Kildee said.

And what kind of Christmas party would it be without Santa Claus who was on hand to pose for pictures with the children and present each one with a toy.


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