More than 300 people attended a Christmas dinner hosted by Mission leadership students on Dec. 8.
Students cooked, served, and entertained their guests at the sit down dinner which was open to anyone who walked through the doors at Heritage Park Secondary.
Chefs prepared a complete turkey dinner and pie for dessert.
Mission school district staff, students from the three high schools, and even some elementary school children volunteered to help out.
Mission school board trustees Edie Heinrichs and Jim Taylor, also used the opportunity to meet parents and students in the district.
“I say with a family that has only been in Canada for a month,” said Taylor. “It was nice to connect with people.”
In addition to serving the meal, students dressed up as elves and spoke to young children on behalf of Santa about what they wanted for Christmas, added Heinrichs.
The elves then picked out a gift for the kids.
Students fundraised to host the dinner and also collected warm clothing, blankets and toiletry items to distribute.
“It’s all part of the leadership program,” explained Heinrichs.