Oak Lawn students help host special holiday party
December 25, 2013 9:43AM
Members of the Oak Lawn Community High School student council and National Honor Society dress as "Spartan elves" for a recent holiday party for the Keyser Family Pediatric Cancer Center. | Supplied photo
Updated: January 2, 2014 2:19PM
More than 30 members of Oak Lawn Community High School’s student council and National Honor Society recently helped host a very special holiday party for the Keyser Family Pediatric Cancer Center patients and their families, according to a press release from the school.
Student volunteers, all dressed as Spartan Elves in red and green, assisted with food service, craft tables, and mingling, the release said. Additional entertainment was provided by CMT Productions as the disc jockey, and Tom Repetny as the photo booth operator. Numerous professional photographers were on hand to take free portraits for families.
The highlight of the evening was the arrival of Santa, who read a story to the children, took photos and listened to holiday wishes before returning to the North Pole, the release said.
Leann Kooyenga, a registered nurse at Advocate Children’s Hospital, said, “I just can’t say enough good things about the way the students helped at the party and made it a very special evening for all the families. ... The party was a huge success and I was extremely impressed with the attitudes, enthusiasm, willingness and politeness that these students exhibited. They are to be commended for all that they did.”
The event organizers were Brian Clifton, Jessica Nickless and Jennifer Sidlow, the release said.
The Keyser Family Pediatric Cancer Center at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn is an 8,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility developed to deliver high-quality outpatient care in a comfortable and healing environment, the release said.