Festival of trees

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Festival of trees

Isabella Reyes, Staff Writer

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The second annual Festival of Trees is organized by the Franklin Fourth, headed by Aleece Ford. This year, the trees on display were donated by over 20 people and businesses and organized by Mrs. Lancaster and the sophomore class. In order to win a tree, interested parties had to make a silent bid and wait until the festivities were over on Sunday to hear if their bid won. The sophomore class raised just over $1,600 with this event.

Happening the first weekend in December, many from the community gather around to enjoy the different trees, the quarter auction, and the warm chili dinner. Spending time together while helping the community back is a major part of the event. This year the freshman class made over $2,000 just with the quarter auction. Ms. Reed and the freshman class were in charge of the quarter auction and received donations from over 60 community members and businesses.

Attendees of the festival didn’t have to spend money to have a good time. There were events and activities that were donation-based, too. “We had a student dress up as the Grinch taking pictures. It’s like public service,” Mr. Waggener mentioned. This is a time when students, teachers, staff, and community members can come together and celebrate the spirit of the season.