Archive for Sunday, December 5, 2004

Children Light the Way

December 5, 2004

Despite the steady rainfall Sunday evening, children lit the way to the 18th annual Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting at City Hall on Sunday December 5.

"I've done snow; I've done cold; I've done warm; but I've never done rain," Lansing Mayor Kenneth Bernard said as he greeted the crowd of more than 100 in the basement of City Hall.

Prior to the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting at City Hall, around 30 children made lanterns at Lansing High School as a part of, "Children Light the Way," an annual event in its second year. The children paraded through the crowd with their lanterns to open the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting program.

Lansing and neighboring communities united in the basement of City Hall for a program before they went outdoors to watch Mayor Bernard light up the tree outside. Tonganoxie Mayor David Taylor and Leavenworth Mayor Brian Grittman were among the guests from around the area who came to wish Lansing happy holidays.

The Lansing chapters of the Kiwanis club and the Lansing Lions club teamed up to sponsor the evening's events. Between the two clubs, they donated more than $300 to the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund. The Lansing PRIDE collected gifts for the Angel Tree, which provides Christmas gifts to those in the community who are in need.

"This kicks of the Christmas season for me," Lansing PRIDE member John Bennett said after members of the community brought up canned goods and donations of money.

The lighting ceremony was a way for the Lansing to community to showcase its talents said Shelly Gowdy, president of the Lansing school board, as she addressed the audience.

The Lansing High School's Sound Spectrum did a performance that included jazzed-up versions of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem." They also entertained gatherers as mist fell while Mayor Bernard flipped the switch to the lights outside of the City Hall.

After the lighting ceremony the "Le Petit Ensemble of Recorders" played Christmas songs while Lions club served refreshments in the community center.

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