Nebo Students Give Their Time and Talent

Spanish Fork High adviser, Kaylee Liddiard said, “Spanish Fork FFA decorated and donated a tree for Festival of Trees. The theme the officers chose was Unity: Blue and Gold.  As the blue field of our nation's flag and the golden fields of ripened corn unify our country, the FFA colors of national blue and corn gold give unity to the organization. We hope to help others understand that unity can come as we focus on agriculture and the important things that we need in life.” 

The tree was decorated with blue and gold focusing on reindeer and snowflakes. The tree was auctioned and sold. The proceeds from the sale go to the Primary Children's Hospital.

“We are thankful for the ability to be able to donate and give a gift of love to the children,” said Ms. Liddiard.

The Maple Mountain (MMHS)  FCCLA tree was inspired by the Fashion Strategies course. The students accepted donations and ended up with over 30 students working on the project.

“The tree sold higher than the list price and proved to be a great experience for all involved. This tradition will continue year after year,” said adviser Jessica Kunzler.

The MMHS FFA also contributed to the Festival of Trees. The FFA met with a family that lost their three-year-old boy, named Cole, this past year.  Morgan Johnson, a student officer, was in charge of the project. The officers decorated the tree and helped pick out all the decorations. A big thank you goes to Kristy Johnson assembling the tree with her creative eye.

Jen Gardner, MMHS FFA Adviser, stated, “It was fun to be inspired by this little three-year-old boy, and gather decorations he loved. We received many donations from his family and the community. Reams donated a pair of cowboy boots, which we had be placed opposite direction, because he always had his boots on the wrong feet. A candy company donated $100 or more in candy. Others donated a cowboy hat as our tree topper. We received even a few ropes, toys, and more.”

The best part of the event was who bought the tree! An older couple, who has a grandson with cystic fibrosis, bought the tree for $2,250.75. Their grandson spent many of his early years in the Primary Children's Hospital. The grandson is from Maryland, but is coming to Utah to spend Christmas with his grandparents. They bought the tree to surprise their grandson. His name is COLE! 

“How crazy is that? We made a tree for a sweet, little boy named Cole. Then another boy name Cole could enjoy it!” exclaimed adviser Gardner.

Congratulations to Brenda Beyal for answering this week's challenge sponsored by Wiggy Wash.