December 15, 2009
For nine years, campus organizations and groups have gathered in the Alfond Sports Center to spread the holiday spirit to foster children. Each year local children have the chance to create arts and crafts, dance with the Rollins Dancers, experience President Lewis Duncan’s Magic of Science, meet Santa Claus, and many other fun-filled activities.
Rollins invited children from The Children’s Home Society, and Kids Hope United, and Devereux Foster Care Facilities. Aside from the Holiday Fun Fest, these children might not have had another holiday celebration. This event offered a special opportunity for those in the Rollins Community to make a positive difference in the Winter Park community through service learning in this natural time of giving.
The Rollins Community had the chance to get involved in many ways: a group could sponsor a child with $50 in gifts, individuals could be a Holiday Fun Fest Buddy and enjoy the evening with a child, host a table with crafts or activities, or serve as a basic volunteer. Regardless of their roles, students, faculty and staff helped make the holiday season a festival of fun for the 61 children who attended this year’s event.
-Mary Neville (Class of 2013)