Students at Wake Forest University have planned a community celebration of the holiday season Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. on University Plaza (Quad). The event is free and open to the public.
The buildings surrounding the plaza will be decorated with white lights and a live evergreen tree will be placed in front of Wait Chapel. The tree will be planted on campus after the holidays.
The event will feature an interfaith service and time of community fellowship. Rabbi and Wake Forest English professor Andrew Ettin, the Rev. Jude DeAngelo and Wake Forest junior Rosita Najmi of the Baha’i faith will lead the service.
The following groups will sing holiday-themed music: the Wake Forest Gospel Choir, SOUL, Innuendo and Temporary Reprieve. The university carilloneur, Matthew Webb, will perform before and after the festivities.
Tyler Overstreet, a Wake Forest senior and one of the event’s organizers, says she hopes the celebration will create a new tradition at the university.
As a prelude to the evening celebration, students will spend the afternoon of Dec. 3 volunteering in the community. Student groups will go to Prodigals Community to cook a meal for the residents and to nearby retirement homes to sing carols. Students will also visit the local Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs to tutor children in the after-school program.
The activities are sponsored by the Wake Forest Volunteer Service Corps, Student Government Association, Student Union, Office of Residence Life and Housing, Facilities Management and the Benson University Center. For more information, call 336-758-4549.
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