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Oh, Christmas Tree

by delaney ireland
Christmas is a time to spend with family, bake cookies and decorate trees. But not every family will get that opportunity this holiday time. DECA has stepped in to help those in need and supply them with a proper Christmas.
“[DECA is] a marketing program… If you look to go into business in the future, do DECA ,” said Sam Nagorney, senior.
For the families in need, DECA started a fundraiser, with 18 different classrooms, teams, tutorials and clubs participating by just doing something as simple as decorating a tree.
To participate in DECA the Halls, it’s as simple as bringing in a tree, and ornaments. 
“Just bring in random items and decorate [the tree] however you want,” said Courtney Kussman, junior.  
Each room decorates a tree in the most creative way, in hopes of winning the prize of Jimmy John’s. The goal is to raise money for the families, and provide them with a tree and ornaments at the same time.
“Part of DECA’s mission is community service. DECA values the community,” said Matt Smith, senior.
Although working for the community is an advantage, some factors still make this fundraiser difficult.
“This is our first year doing [DECA the Halls], so we have no examples to go by,” said Smith.  
Even with no help from past years, DECA hopes to have it under wraps, with many groups participating, and money earned. Many families will not have an empty Christmas this year, thanks to DECA and other members of the South community.
Photo by Matt Smith

Megan Hughes is in her third year as publications adviser at Park Hill South High School. She currently advises the View newsmagazine, South Paw yearbook and LitMag.