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Festival of Trees held at Cairo High School this Christmas

FIRST PLACE winner was this tree decorated by the Raconteur yearbook staff.

Several Grady County homes that may not have had a decorated Christmas tree to enjoy this holiday season will have one now thanks to a new program at Cairo High School.
The “Festival of Trees” was instituted this year and C.H.S. clubs and organizations were encouraged to participate by decorating trees that would be judged and then donated to less fortunate families in the community.
The trees were put on display in the new College and Career Center on the C.H.S. campus.
A special panel of judges, including Carol Willis, Edwin Timmerman, Mayor-elect Booker Gainor, and Archway Professional Betsy McGriff, inspected and judged the trees Monday afternoon.
Winning first place was a unique tree decorated by the Raconteur yearbook staff; second place went to Helping Hands for its Christmas tree; and third place was awarded to the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).
Other trees were entered by Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the C.H.S. Cosmetology class, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Student Advocates for Georgia Education (SAGE), Future Farmers of America (FFA), and the C.H.S. Student Council.
Students in C.H.S. teacher Blair Dickinson’s class who recently studied philanthropy will be taking part in the delivery of the trees to needy families today, Dec. 20.
“We appreciate the students and club sponsors for participating. This is just another way Cairo High School and C.H.S. students can help make our community a better place,” C.H.S. Principal Chris Lokey said.
Lokey also thanked the judges for their time and participation.

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