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The students at Dickinson High School filled 55 boxes with food and paper products after completing their week-long Christmas drive. The food drive was coordinated by the DHS Student Council. "We deliver the food to Social Services.
The students at Dickinson's Trinity High School responded yet again to a call from Dorcas Society to help bring Christmas joy to 34 needy families in the Dickinson area. The students collected food and cash donations in its 39th annual drive. The campaign concluded on Friday with the food being blessed during a Golden Mass. The campaign is organized by the Student Council with Rick Gordon as advisor. "It's the kids' project. I'm the spectator. This is their Mass and I let them run with it.
Dickinson High School sophomore Mitch Hintz is like any other high school student. He likes to hang out with friends, he thinks about career options and has a wish list for Christmas. The one item on his list is unique to all others. He wanted to take a sip of water without the assistance of anyone. The son of Mike and Donalda Hintz, Mitch was born with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is defined as damage to the part of the brain controlling movement.
The residents of St. Benedict's Health Care Center shared a bit of Christmas joy with the FFA members from South Heart High School when they came to make ornaments. FFA Advisor Marcus Lewton said the visit was an opportunity for the students to practice leadership and community service. In preparation for the visit, the students cut out reindeer, snowmen and stars. The ornaments were large enough to hang on a doorknob. At the center, they decorated them with the residents. "They were not Martha Stewart, but the key was to talk and communicate and to break the age barrier.
Golden Valley's Laurie Entze keeps her daughter's doll closets full of new outfits. Her sewing hobby has evolved into a home business, which is spreading by word of mouth. She recently sold her fashions at a craft show in Dickinson. "I've always liked dolls. The reason I got into doll clothes was because my daughter has one of the American Girl dolls. The outfits in the catalog are really cute, but I only can afford a few of them, so I started making them for her," said Entze. Entze and her husband, Kim, operate a ranch along the Knife River.
The Dickinson Trinity High School junior class is presenting its second annual Christmas program titled "The Living Nativity." The program is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the THS auditorium. It's the retelling of the Nativity through narration, scripture and music. "It's our way to help make the celebration of Christmas a little more meaningful. To see it right in front of you has a deeper impact," said director Jesse Zyskowski. The script was written by Zyskowski and Troy Kuntz. "This is original. We wrote the script last year.
The Dickinson Hagen Junior High School Drama Club is presenting a Christmas play titled "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus." A performance for the public is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, in the school auditorium. This is the first production for co-directors Erin Arnold and Laura Tescher. "We're having a blast putting this play together," said Tescher. The two-act play was written by Pat Cook, who based it on the book by L. Frank Baum.
The students at Dickinson's Hope Christian Academy are bringing a bit of Christmas cheer to over 40 elderly people in the community. The school worked with Stark County Social Services to identify people who may have been overlooked in regard to a Christmas present. Over 40 paper angels were pinned to a 2-foot angel with fiber-optic wings. Each contained a wish list of gift ideas for a man or a woman. "We explained the project to the kids, so those paper angels disappeared lickety-split. It's been amazing to see the gifts pile up in the hallway," said administrator Ron Dazell.