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Are you one of those folks who have already started thinking about your holiday gift giving? I always shake my head when the stores start advertising Santa Claus even before the Halloween costumes are off their shelves. But here at Wayne Township we have to start thinking now, even before the leaves have changed, about our annual Holiday Celebration. In fact, we just last week sent out letters to our supporters alerting them that this year’s party will be held on Saturday, the 12th of December at the McMillen Park Community Center.

I always look forward to this event because it brings together many groups of people in our community. From our partner agencies down to the smallest children so many folks come out to join us, support our cause and have a really great time. At this event we not only celebrate the joys of the season but we also kick off the 2016 school year when Wayne Township students can begin qualifying for the annual Recognizing Achievement Scholarships that we award in the spring.

This year we will be holding our Holiday Celebration in a new venue for us, the McMillen Park Community Center, instead of the Roller Dome South in Waynedale, which closed earlier this year. We’ve had fun there over the past three years and appreciate everything that came along with using the Roller Dome. The newly renovated McMillen Center has so much space and opportunity, it’s just perfect for a big bash and we look forward to celebrating there! My staff has put on their thinking caps and come up with lots of activities that promise to be just as memorable as the old skating parties. So far we have on the agenda moonwalks, face painting, clowns, basketball and other games, food, and prizes like toys, bikes, and sleds. And it’s all free to the attendees.

In keeping with our emphasis on education we will also be giving out prizes that promote learning: musical instruments and books, tablets and other computer items. We will also be announcing the opportunity for high school seniors to compete for the RAS scholarships that rewards students who demonstrate scholastic excellence or who show the greatest improvement in their performance over the spring semester.

This will be our fourth Holiday Celebration and our fourth year offering the Recognizing Achievement Scholarships. All of this is done without using Wayne Township tax dollars which is why we start early, planning and appealing to our community partners. As for contributions, we welcome monetary gifts as well as prize donations—both educational prizes and “just for fun” gifts—and we will recognize all of our donors at the party (unless requested otherwise). We are already hearing from folks eager to make their contribution toward the cause.

We are really excited to be hosting this event, and we look forward to having you join us at the McMillen Center this year for a Happy Holiday party and a vote of educational confidence in the children of Wayne Township.

Richard A. Stevenson - Wayne Township Trustee

Wayne Township Trustee Rick Stevenson was elected Trustee in November of 2006 and took office in January of 2007. He is very passionate about helping those in need and considers it a privilege to be in a position to be able to help. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer