Updated: May 17
by Autumn Pecarovich
Article and video by Autumn Pecarovich and Joseph Langley
The last week of the semester is nearly over, and Minarets students across campus are breathing sighs of relief at the completion of their signature projects!
The end of the semester means far more than signature projects though. It means break, relaxation, and the holiday season! This leaves only one question. What's up with Santa Claus? It’s his time of year again!
In response to this question, history teacher Ben Regonini said “Well, when I was four years old, I asked my dad if Santa was real. He replied with ‘what do you think?’ It explains a lot.”
When asked this follow up question, students and staff around Minarets rose up in protest. Junior Tessa Cohlan responded with “He is real!”, and Spanish teacher Mrs. UP said “Santa is definitely real! I saw him at the zoo just this weekend.” Kathryn Odgers, senior, said “He’s real. Don’t lie to me.”
This overwhelming response revealed the truth. Something is definitely up with Santa. He’s not just a man giving gifts, he is gift giving. He is not just a kind, magical man, he is kindness. The spirit of giving, and the spirit of being kind, is everywhere during this holiday season. In fact, to celebrate that very idea, Minarets held a Kindness Day on Monday, Dec. 16. This day was part of that celebration of gift-giving, and has set the precedent of kindness in everyday life. One day is not enough for kindness, but it is enough to begin kindness. Make the world a happier place then it was when you woke up, no matter how small a change. Help somebody across the street. Pick up a piece of trash.
Or, if you’re feeling metaphorical, leave a plate of cookies and a cup of milk, for kindness itself to enjoy.