• Get on your dancing shoes because Prom is on Saturday, May 4th

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  • Choir concert March 14th and Band concert March 11th at 7 pm

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Rockin’ around the Christmas spree

CF Elementary hosts a Christmas gift event aided by members of the CFHS Honor Society

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Rockin’ around the Christmas spree

MHS members help kids sort through holiday gifts

MHS members help kids sort through holiday gifts

Saundra Stodden

MHS members help kids sort through holiday gifts

Saundra Stodden

Saundra Stodden

MHS members help kids sort through holiday gifts

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On the crisp, clear morning of December 8th, the Cannon Falls elementary school was unusually busy for a Saturday. Around 9 am, children and parents piled into the cafeteria where they were greeted by volunteers wearing Santa hats. This holiday shopping event was hosted by the Cannon Falls Library along with the Parent Teacher Organization, PTO. From shopping for others to decorating sugar cookies, there was a plethora of activities present at this event.

Children embarked on their fun-filled morning by starting in the library. Iconic Christmas songs that got everyone into the spirit of the holidays played from above as children shopped for their family members. The price of items ranged from $0.50 to $3.00. Most of the items were donated by the Midwest Seasons of Cannon Falls company as well as residents living in Cannon. From sparkling ornaments to the picture frames that filled the tables, there were presents for everyone. “I liked that you can pick your own stuff,” one 2nd grader commented. After checking everyone off of their list, children finished in the library by wrapping the gifts.

Following their quest in the library, children greeted their parents in the cafeteria, making sure to keep the presents hidden. The children had the opportunity to get their picture taken with Santa or make a holiday craft. Star-shaped cookies, which could be decorated with frosting and colorful sprinkles, were also put out on tables. Coffee and cream including hot chocolate and mini-marshmallows were available for patrons to sip on.

Cannon Falls high school students that belong to the Minnesota Honor Society, MHS, were joyful to be able to spend the morning helping out. “I liked volunteering for the shopping spree because it reminds me of when I was a kid,” MHS member, Hannah Singewald, observed. “I remember having someone help me pick out ornaments and we still have those ornaments today.” By volunteering, MHS members had the chance to reminisce on their own shopping experience as a child.

“I remember having someone help me pick out ornaments and we still have those ornaments today”

— Hannah Singewald

Overall, the shopping spree was a success. Compared to previous years, this year’s event went by more smoothly by giving parents the opportunity to shop with their kids. Although the event was scheduled to last until 11 am, many of the items were already gone before then. It was a great tradition for all of the families involved. The atmosphere of the event brought guests and volunteers alike in a very merry mood.

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Rockin’ around the Christmas spree