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Howard Community Welcomes Holiday Season with Tree Lighting Ceremony

Campus Editor

Published: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 23:11

Angel Tree

Bree Gant, Staff Photographer

During the tree lighting, students were also able to donate gifts to project angel tree.

Last night, students, faculty, and members of the surrounding community assembled for the 3rd annual tree lighting ceremony. Due to inclement weather the ceremony, typically held on the Yard, was held in the west ballroom of the Armour J. Blackburn Center. Once everyone was seated, Reverend Kira Houston, religious life coordinator, delivered the opening prayer.

Howard University Student Association president Brandon Harris shared Christmas stories from his childhood with the attendees. He then charged everyone to learn what Christmas is truly about, giving. Senior biology major, Amanda Patterson, and junior nursing major, Christian Brown, spoke briefly about project angel tree and Somalia relief efforts and ways students can get involved. Everyone in the audience listened intently as the young ladies spoke.

For junior psychology major Moriah Wilkins, attending the tree lighting ceremony was an opportunity to get involved.

"I came to the ceremony because I wanted to be a part of Howard's holiday festivities," she said. "I also knew that I'd be able to support efforts like Somalia relief and project angel tree."

Dr. Griffin, vice president of student affairs, spoke then revealed the decorated Christmas tree sitting on the yard. I.Am.We. dance company performed an upbeat jazz dance to My Favorite Things by Andre 3000. Junior audio production major Marshall Sims closed the ceremony with a rendition of This Christmas.

The ceremony seemed enjoyable to all. "I really loved the I.Am.We performance. Overall, the program was great, very positive and uplifting. It's Christmas, it's about building good relationships with people and being happy," said senior broadcast journalism major Alison Law.

This year's coordinator, Lindsay Robinson, a senior economics major, was delighted with the outcome of the event.

"It was very rewarding to see months of hard work, even in the face of last minute inclement weather, come together especially since it was a philanthropic event," Robinson said. "Both community service group were pleased with the turn out and very grateful for the overwhelming and outstanding participation from everyone."


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