Celebrating the Season at The CFEC
Most families have holiday traditions, regardless of what holiday you are celebrating. At The CFEC we think of ourselves as one big family, and look forward to our traditions during the holiday season, each which has a strong place in our hearts. Holiday traditions become an essential aspect of how we celebrate, and there is a reason why we keep them as a part of our lives for so long.
This year - in partnership with our WSFCS partner schools, The Children's Center and The Special Children's School - we kicked off the holiday season with our annual concert, sponsored by the Winston Salem Regional Association of Realtors. Friends and family from The Children's Center gathered at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and enjoyed singing and wheelchair dancing from our preschool and school age students.
Later in the month, our staff and students welcomed the team from Belk Winston-Salem for the 33rd year to a special music celebration which culminated in a visit from Belkie Bear and his elves. As the song “It Must Be Belkie” (to the tune of “It Must Be Santa”) rang out, the Belk team circled the room, handing every child a 2019 Belkie Bear of their own. The following week, during a spirited holiday sing-a-long, Santa visited The Special Children's School (on behalf of Belk) and made sure all students there also had a Belkie Bear of their own.
During the last week of school, we took a short stroll to visit our neighbors at Graylyn for a few holiday songs and special reading of “Twas The Night Before Christmas.” As the book was ending we heard bells from a distance… and then all of a sudden, Santa Claus appeared. Our preschool and school age students all had the chance to get a holiday hug and each were treated to a stuffed “Santa Sloth.”
Finally, volunteers from Learfield/IMG College, Pinnacle Financial Partners, WestRock and Vela Agency volunteered their time to assist in gingerbread building with students at both schools.
“We hold onto holiday traditions because they add meaning to our celebrations, and help bond us to those we love,” shared Meredith Flowe, CFEC's Executive Director. “We are grateful to have such fabulous community partners who look forward to spending this special time with our students, year after year.”