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Celebrating the Holiday Season with Music, Reflections and Generosity
Celebrating the Holiday Season with Music, Reflections and Generosity

Today Ravenscroft students, faculty and staff celebrated the season at Holiday Chapel, where everyone enjoyed music, song and reflections from across our school community.

George Baker '22 began the celebration with the ringing of the campus bell to call the entire community together for chapel. With a warm welcome, Head of School Doreen Kelly recognized the value of all faith traditions and encouraged students, faculty and staff to enjoy this opportunity to learn about faith traditions that are different from their own.

The community enjoyed a beautiful arrangement of "Carol of the Bells," led by Mr. Bill Pendergrass and performed by the Upper School Percussion Ensemble, followed by the opening prayer by Tate Russell '18. Ms. Ruth Danoff, Middle School assistant, shared the Hanukkah Story and memories from her childhood. Ms. Tracy Rogers, third grade teacher, shared the Christmas Story with the reading of Luke 2:8-20, and Upper School counselor Ms. Tiffany Ashe shared a personal reflection on Christmases from her childhood, which included spending time with other West Indian families and enjoying special dishes from their many culinary traditions.

Our Upper School Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Marilee Vana, performed the moving "Carol of Winter Peace," followed by the entire community joining in "Joy to the World," led by Will Eichler '25, Hannah Mason '25 and Ashton Wells '25. In closing, Mr. Elwood "Woody" Davis, Ravenscroft maintenance supervisor, offered a prayer of hope and peace, encouraging us all to "be our best selves, even when the circumstances might make it hard."

The Ravenscroft community has already embraced the holiday spirit of giving through campus-wide support of Project Guardian Angel, sponsored by Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem. Maintaining a tradition that goes back 18 years, students, faculty and staff gave generously to provide clothing, electronics, toys and other "wishlist" items to less fortunate children across Wake County.

Janet Smith, Upper School academic skills co-coordinator and AP psychology instructor, who organizes Ravenscroft's Guardian Angel efforts each year, told faculty and staff earlier this week that the school had initially signed up to provide gifts for 30 children but expanded to 47 due to high interest. "We would have asked for more, but our sponsor ran out of children to sponsor," she added.

Please enjoy more photos from Holiday Chapel 2017.