The CAN DO Student Action Committee kicked off the holiday season when it hosted the 27th annual CAN DO Community Christmas before a record crowd Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church in Hazleton.
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 McAdoo/Kelayres Mustang Chorus under the direction of Sandra Hoppey, the Heights Terrace Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jennifer Gerhard, the Hazleton Area High School Cougar Crooners under the direction of Kim Sharonoff, the Immanuel Christian School Chorus under the direction of Nate Spanos, the Hazleton Area High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Joseph Stefanko 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: Monday, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15 at 8 a.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 12 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 6 p.m.
The CAN DO Student Action Committee plans the CAN DO Community Christmas and includes 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). The event is coordinated by Nancy Stasko.
Sponsors for this year’s event included Gottstein Corporation, Humboldt Industrial Supply, Keystone Job Corps and WYLN.