The Student Action Committee greeted members of the community at the free event, which was designed around a theme of “Come Celebrate the Arts.” The evening featured musical performances by students from schools throughout Greater Hazleton, refreshments, a Letters to Santa table and a visit from Santa Claus himself.
This year’s performers were the MMI Preparatory School Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Tina Lizbinski, the Hazleton Area High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Joseph Stefanko, the Hazleton Area High School Cougar Swooners under the direction of Kim Sharonoff, the Heights Terrace Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jennifer Gerhard and the Heights Terrace Elementary School Third Grade Chorus under the direction of Rachel Brimmer.
The concert will be rebroadcast on WYLN-TV 35 on the following dates and times: Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., Dec. 12 at 9 a.m., Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 15 at 6 p.m., Dec. 16 at 12 p.m., Dec. 17 at 11 a.m., Dec. 19 at 8 p.m., Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. and Dec. 25 at 11 a.m.
CAN DO Community Christmas is coordinated by co-chairs Grace Mussoline and Isabella Schwabe of Marian High School. Additional Student Action Committee members are: Francine Lamasko, Marin Dremock, Jasmine Beiler and James “JT” Vozar of Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences; Angelina Joseph, Vincent Damiano and Daniella Guillen of Hazleton Area High School; Yokaira Concepcion and Saraiha Rossi of Immanuel Christian School; Julia Kreisl and Alexander Kubishin of Marian High School; Moran Long and Macy Zenier of MMI Preparatory School; and Rachel Caccese and Nikki Polivka of Weatherly Area High School. CAN DO Director of Administration Nancy Stasko and Charles Burkhardt are the Student Action Committee co-advisors.
Sponsors for this year’s event included Gottstein Corporation, Humboldt Industrial Supply, Keystone Job Corps, United American Security and WYLN.
MMI Chamber Ensemble
Hazleton Area High School Cougar Swooners
Heights-Terrace Jazz Ensemble
Heights-Terrace Third Grade Chorus