East Liverpool. East Liverpool City Schools (ELCS) will host their third annual Christmas on the Hill from 6-9pm on Saturday.
An informative event, the event will bring together representatives from Liverpool East Senior and Junior Schools, Westgate High School, Lakecroft, North Primary Schools and selected community partners.
According to Megan Hernandez, Director of Communications for ELCS, Christmas on the Hill was born during the COVID-19 pandemic when all in-person events were canceled.
Hernandez described the event as something of a hybrid of a counter show and a cheer.
"It started when there was no show, but now that the show is a week earlier, it's like an addition to the show," Hernandez said. "It should be like a down payment."
During the event, attendees ride High School Hill and pass five different Christmas-themed buildings.
Hernandez said the event usually draws thousands of people because it's free and a fun, festive family activity.
At the start of the event, students will participate in various activities such as food distribution and viewing games for the Toys for Toddlers program. Career technology programs will grace the event and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host a live retreat.
Career Tech students created a Potter playlist where members can turn on their car stereo and listen to cool music. Upon arrival, participants will be told which channel they can tune into and that channel will be available for listening on the high school campus only.
Construction program students cut stands removed from the farmhouse into Christmas benches to reuse the old wood and decorate with the art students.
Hernandez said each high school club decorates a tree or does some service project.
The DC Sheriff's Office has been invited to participate and community partners such as the Salvation Army, Vision Care, the Department of Family Services, the DC Department of Health and many other organizations will be participating. There will be about 50 different organizations setting up stations for people to ride and get candy and other items.
The event will also be a fundraiser for a scholarship established in memory of Caden Davis.
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