Downtown Hazleton will come alive with the sounds of the season when the CAN DO Student Action Committee hosts its 27th annual CAN DO Community Christmas on Wednesday, December 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Church and Green streets in Hazleton.
The public is invited to attend this free event, which features a night of musical entertainment by various instrumental and choral groups from schools throughout Greater Hazleton. This year’s performers include 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 Crooners under the direction of Kim Sharonoff, the Heights Terrace Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jennifer Gerhard, the McAdoo-Kelayres Mustang Chorus under the direction of Sandra Hoppey, and the Heights Terrace Elementary School Third Grade Chorus under the direction of Rachel Brimmer.
Children can make their Christmas lists at the Letters to Santa table and talk with Santa Claus when he makes a special appearance at the end of the evening. CAN DO Student Action Committee members will be on hand to greet attendees, serve refreshments and help children craft their letters to Santa.
CAN DO Student Action Committee co-advisor Nancy Stasko said, “CAN DO Community Christmas is a wonderful way to usher in the holiday season and showcase the talented student musicians and singers that we have in Greater Hazleton. This event is always mentioned as a highlight of the year by the Student Action Committee member and it would not be possible without the support of the students and their instructors. We’d also like to give special thanks to our sponsors, which include Gottstein Corporation, Humboldt Industrial Supply, Keystone Job Corps and WYLN.”
CAN DO Community Christmas is coordinated by co-chairs Marin Dremock (Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences), Daniella Guillen (Hazleton Area High School) and Macy Zenier (MMI Preparatory School). Additional Student Action Committee members are: Allison Gottstein (HAAS); Jasmine Beiler (HAHS), Isabelle Ritz (HAHS), Alivia Platek (HAHS), Yokaira Concepcion (Immanuel Christian School), Cleidy Castillo (ICS), Julia Kreisl (Marian High School), Alexander Kubishin (MHS), Maxwell Schwabe (MHS), Christian Badamo (MMI), Noah Long (MMI), Rachel Caccesse (Weatherly Area High School) and Kelly Royer (WAHS).