It is that time of the year to give back to the community, and how did Logan High students do that? They gave back by holding an event called Bear Hugs Christmas. Bear Hugs was created the year of 2014 at Logan High with the help of the Utah Jazz to help underprivileged children in need for Christmas.
At Bear Hugs, students from each elementary school in the district are chosen to get paired up with two or three high school students. After they get paired up, the high school students have pizza, apples, cookies, and milk. While eating with their Bear Hug child, the high school students get t to talk to the students and they get to know each other. Once they are done eating, they head to the buses together to go Christmas shopping for toys, candy, clothes, or whatever the child chose.
Eduardo Betancourt, a sophomore, attended Bear Hugs Christmas for the first time this year. Betancourt said he decided to come because, “I wanted to help out our community by taking kids whose parents aren't fortunate enough to give them gifts for the holidays.”
“My experience with Bear Hugs was amazing. I loved getting to meet the child and being able to help them pick the presents they wanted. If I had another year of school I would totally do it again.”
As ski resorts around Utah start to open, you can taste the excitement in the air. Snow is starting to fall, and Snapchat stories are full of videos of students brushing off the skis and boards getting ready for a great year of shredding the slopes.
With nearly all the resorts in Utah open for the season, Logan High students are already traveling up to 3 hours to get their fix in. Easton Anderson, Alex Emmett and others bought season passes to Park City Mountain Resort and have already traveled down there multiple times.
“Not many trails are open, but it was still way fun,” Emmett said.
No matter what your activity of choice is, memories will be made this winter sitting around sipping hot chocolate with friends.
The Logan Tabernacle was lit up with Christmas lights and music on the 6th of November, with the entire student body of Ellis Elementary singing different Christmas songs they had learned in class.
The program began with the 3rd-5th graders singing “Spirit of the Season” followed by their version of “Hanukkah O, Hanukkah.” The kids even performed an adorable dance in front of all their families.
After that, Lillian Ricks, a 3rd grade girl with an incredible voice, sang a solo. The crowd was blown away by her performance. As the older students made their way off of the stage and the younger kids shuffled on, the show continued with the audience singing “Jingle Bells” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.” The building was filled with the voices of all the parents and grandparents attending, and those present could really feel the spirit of the holidays.
"Audience members couldn’t help but smile as they sang their hearts out."
One of Logan High’s longest traditions for Christmas is the annual world language concert, in which all of the foreign language classes come together and each class sings Christmas carols of that particular language. Traditionally this concert has been held in the Little Theater, but since this year the Little Theater has become the new classroom for ceramic arts. As a result, this year it was held in the newly renovated auditorium.
The concert was held on Monday, December 19 during each class's own period. For example, all the classes from 5th hour went to the auditorium that hour and had the concert with all the other 5th hour language classes. This tradition has been going on for as long as any of the language arts teachers can remember.
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