The Archbishop Mitty High School community celebrated the Christmas season in several ways that brought both comfort and joy to the community. Sharing gifts of time, talent and resources, the students, faculty and alumni parents participated in a variety of activities.
Under the leadership of the Christian Service Department, a food drive was held to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. The food drive is an annual kick-off to the holiday season for AMHS students, and they overwhelmingly responded with barrels of food.
The National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation members, whose motto is “Excellence and Service,” led the collection efforts for the Gifts for Teens Program. The AMHS community collected personal care items, scarves, hats, and gift cards, which are then given to the program.
Two other groups within the AMHS community, the National Honor Society and ALMA (the Archbishop Mitty Alumni Mothers Association) contributed their time helping at the Gifts for Teens assembly site. At the site, teams of volunteers work to put together duffle and tote bags, which are distributed to homeless youth in downtown San Jose.
Student performers were again featured in Christmas in the Park activities in downtown San Jose. This year the Archbishop Mitty Marching Band led the parade that brought Santa to open the annual Christmas festivities. Donning Santa hats, eighty-six band members could be heard throughout the downtown area. On December 11th three AMHS musical groups – Kind of Blue (Jazz Choir), Jazz in the AM (Jazz Band), and Exodus, (the liturgical rock band), took center stage to perform holiday tunes for a large Friday night Christmas in the Park audience.
Archbishop Mitty High School students were repeat First Place winners in the Christmas in the Park High School Tree Competition. The tree’s theme “Santa’s Hawaiian Vacation,” was created by students who dedicated hours to the design and creating of ornaments.