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McCallie students and faculty have spent the last month spreading holiday cheer to others through several service projects, performances, and even podcasts.
In the spirit of giving back, several groups of students, faculty and staff collected gifts to fulfill wish lists for 100 children at Westside Elementary School in nearby Catoosa County, GA. A group of students delivered the gifts on December 8.
A group of intrepid Middle Schoolers volunteered as bell-ringers for the Salvation Army on December 4. They raised over $700 in less than three hours!
In addition, TEPs, the Leo Club and Student Council teamed up to sponsor a turkey drive for the Brainerd Food Pantry. Students collected funds to purchase turkeys and delivered them to the Pantry on December 16.
Finally, on December 18, a group of student volunteers and their families laid wreaths on graves of veterans at the National Cemetery. Sophomore Brady Evans organized a number of students who raised more than $1200 to help purchase wreaths, including 19 wreaths for family members of McCallie students/faculty who are buried in the cemetery. Students placed a wreath on the grave markers and read each name aloud.
You can watch the recording of Candlelight below.
Our student-led podcast, Tornado Talk, is hosted by Josh Belisle '22 and Wes Spykerman '23. They recently interviewed seven-year day student, Levi Lebovitz ’22, who offered hilarious insight into McCallie’s Christmas Concert, music department, and family legacy along with a stunning guitar demonstration. Listen to the podcast below.
Mr. Burns Chapel Talk
Head of School Lee Burns ‘87 delivered his annual Christmas message talk to the Upper School on Wednesday, December 8, entitled, “A Christmas Message: Getting Ted Lasso When You Want Nick Saban.” Drawing on the Emmy-winning TV show Ted Lasso, Burns told the students that God gives us what we need rather than what we want or expect…including what we often expect of Jesus. You can listen to that talk below.
Several students also set aside time to talk about their family traditions at Christmas. You can hear them talk about how they celebrate the holidays in the video below.
Finally, Christmas at McCallie would not be complete without our (retired) poet laureate, Kemmer Anderson, offering his traditional Christmas poem. You can view his reading of "Waking to Bethlehem" below.