On December 10 at Henderson Johnson Gymnasium, Fisk students representing many disciplines and student activity groups gathered to distribute toys and provide activities to 23 elementary school students in Fisk’s proximate community.
“Many families are facing severe economic challenges this winter, said Fisk Student Activities President Ashley Payne, a junior majoring in history and psychology. “With funds available from our individual student organizations, we rallied together to make our contribution toward enhancing the Christmas experience for some of the youth in our area.”
“This opportunity unified delegates from over fifteen campus organizations to help us realize the importance of our responsibilities as young adults to remain committed to serving our community,” said Fisk Student Activities Vice President Ambree Hammond, a senior psychology major.
As an initiative of the Fisk Student Activity Board, “Christmas at Fisk” hosted youth from Jackson Street Boys and Girls Club and Bordeaux Elementary School. Student coordinators for the event organized and led the youth through arts and crafts (gingerbread houses, stocking and ornament making), presented a special rendition of “The Night Before Christmas” and arranged for portraits with Santa Claus. Youth in attendance ranged from ages three to ten and each received two toys each at the close of the event.
Student delegates and organizers for “Christmas at Fisk” represented campus organizations such as Collegiate 100, Henry Tanner Arts Society, Ohio Club, Georgia Club, Big Sisters, Psychology Club, W.E.B. DuBois Honors Society, Omega Si Phi, Pi Beta Sigma, Alpha Phi Alpha, Fisk University Cheerleaders and the Fisk University Stagecrafters among others.