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Octagon Club Holiday Helpers
Octagon Assists with Community Holiday Activities

Members of the WHS Octagon Club were busy this holiday season working at the Breakfast with Santa event along with the UW-Whitewater Optimist Club Toys for Kids program. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Optimist Club hosted its 25th annual Breakfast with Santa event where they fed 760 people, 397 of which were children. At the event kids had the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and even Frosty the Snowman. Some of the WHS students dressed up as elves to help as the kids prepared to meet Santa while other students were "runners" who helped carry plates for families and kids, and answered any questions people had during the day.

Ronald McDonald House Toy Collection
Octagon and NHS Partner to Collect Toys for Ronald McDonald House

Each year there are many kids staying at the Ronald MacDonald House, and this holiday season was no exception. At this time of the year it is all about giving. Octagon Club students have partnered with members of the National Honor Society to give something back to the kids that have to spend this time of the year away from home. Pictured are WHS students who helped organize gifts to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee.

NHS Shopping Trip
NHS Adopts a Family for Christmas

The National Honor Society at Whitewater High School raises funds throughout the year to donate and sponsor worthwhile causes. Members adopted a family in need for the holidays this year and had a great time purchasing $500 in gifts for them.

NHS FFA Meals on Wheels
FFA and NHS Combine to Provide Fruit for Meals on Wheels

The National Honor Society and FFA delivered holiday gift bags filled with delicious fresh fruit to senior citizens in Whitewater who receive Meals on Wheels on December 14.

NHS Members Assist with Fruit Baskets
NHS Members Assist Rotary Club with Fruit Basket Assembly

National Honor Society members had a wonderful time assembling Holiday Fruit Baskets with the Whitewater Rotary Club at Golden State Foods on Friday, December 15. Funds raised are donated to many worthwhile causes throughout the year.

Breakfast with Santa
Students Volunteer at Breakfast with Santa

Whitewater High School students volunteered at the UW Whitewater/Community and UWW Student Optimist Club’s annual Breakfast with Santa. The event was held on Saturday morning, December 2, in UW Whitewater’s Esker Hall. Those who attended were treated to a breakfast and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Many students were also able to meet some of their elves, and even Frosty the Snowman. Members of the WHS choir under the direction of Mrs. Karen Tordera sang Christmas carols throughout the morning. This event marked the 25th year of celebrating Breakfast with Santa. A Mitten Tree was also created so those who attended could place donations for the local school district children in need. Community members decorated the tree with new and unused mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, socks, and children's underwear. A special thank you for all those members who made donations at the event.

KEY Club Thanksgiving Dinner
KEY Club Hosts Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

KEY Club hosted a turkey dinner for the Whitewater community last Friday at the Whitewater Family Church. All food was made and donated by KEY Club members.

Students at Bluff Creek
Students Work to Eradicate Invasive Species at Bluff Creek

Members of Mr. Paul Majors’ Environmental Conservation class, local community volunteers, and staff from the DNR worked together to eradicate areas of buckthorn at the Bluff Creek Nature area. Students also collected seeds from beneficial plants to reseed the barren ground where the buckthorn stood. Students studied invasive plants during class and got a first-hand experience managing the devastation they cause. 

Student Council Trick or Treats for Food Pantry
Student Council Members Trick or Treat for Food Pantry

Student Council Members braved the chilly weather on Halloween and went Trick-or-Treating for canned food. Student Council delivered the food to the Whitewater Food Pantry in hopes to add to the shelves before the holiday season. Thank you to the Whitewater community and Student Council for supporting this event.

Houston K-911 Van
School Supplies Head to Texas with Houston K-911 Organization

The school supplies that were collected during Homecoming Week are on their way to the Katy School District. Katy, Texas is a suburb of Houston and that was greatly affected by Hurricane Harvey in late August. Whitewater Student Council contacted Sally Barnes, a WHS graduate and high school Spanish teacher, to see if they could help her school district out. An overwhelming number of supplies were collected. Transporting the supplies is Houston K911, a Houston based dog rescue group. WHS was able to connect with Houston K911 after a Facebook post requesting help to get the items to Katy. Houston K911 traveled from Texas to Paddy's Paws this past weekend to deliver approximately 20 dogs to foster or adoptive homes. Once all the dogs were delivered the van was packed with 13 boxes of school supplies! The Houston K911 team will coordinate with Sally Barnes when the supplies arrive in Texas. Thank you to the WHS students, WHS Student Council, and the Houston K911 Team!

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