Santa chows down at Symmes Valley

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 21, 2010

Biting off more then he can chew,peake gets right into his pancakes during the Symmes Valley Christmas Festival. THE TRIBUNE/JESSICA ST. JAMES

About a dozen brightly decorated Christmas trees filled the band room at Symmes Valley High School Saturday morning.

The trees, decorated in themes ranging from dogs to Symmes Valley pride to Twilight and the color pink, were decorated by area businesses and families and auctioned off to support the band boosters.

But the tree auction was just one of the fundraisers that went on at the high school Saturday morning. The band boosters sponsored breakfast with Santa and carnival games along with the tree festival.

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“The goal is we provide something Christmas-y and we get a donation to the music program,” Robert Mann, band director, said.

This is the second year for the fundraiser, which helps the band purchase and repair equipment, pay for students’ participation in honor bands and pay for meals before games.

The band booster members served breakfast. Secretary Debbie Short said the event takes awhile to plan.

“We did it last year and we’ve kind of worked on it a little at a time since then,” Short said.

She added that there was a good turnout for the breakfast.

“It’s done really well,” Short said.

Mann agreed, adding that the community had supported the band a lot this year because it had grown to 43 members, up from 32 last year.

“We’re really fortunate for that,” he said. “I opened the doors at 9 and there was a line.”