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El Camino College The Union

The student news site of El Camino College

El Camino College The Union

ICC to host holiday party for low-income children

More than 80 excited preschool students will gather in the Activities Center East Lounge to tell Santa their holiday wishes during the Inter-Club Council (ICC) Holiday Party tomorrow.

This annual party is a community service effort to assist low-income schools.

“This year we are working with the Inglewood Head Start Program,” Melissa Torbati, commissioner of activities for ICC, said.

During the party the children will visit activity booths where ICC members will work with them on arts and crafts projects.

“We do crafts with them and we give them gifts,” Stephanie Beaudry, ICC president, said.

On Wednesday, ICC spent part of their afternoon wrapping the gifts.

The students will be able to participate in a number of activities such as face painting and making photo frames.

“It’s something fun for them to do,” Beaudry said.

There will also be a chance for each child to take a photograph with Santa Claus, though the person who will play Santa has not yet been decided.

“Either someone volunteers or we pick someone,” Beaudry said.

Preparation for the event started a month ago and those in charge of planning the event are eagerly awaiting it.

“I was really excited to find out that we were doing this,” Alan Roa, commissioner of fundraising, said.

Every year a charter school is chosen to come to campus and the participants look forward to each party and continuing the success of the previous year.

“I attended the ICC Holiday Party last year and it was a big success,” Torbati said.

“This holiday party is such a good opportunity to give back to the community,” Roa, who co-chaired of the event with Torbati, said.

The event gathers a number of clubs on campus, including the Leadership Organization for Mastering Achievement (LOMA), Circle K and the Political Science club.

“All the clubs have worked really hard on this event,” Beaudry said. “I’m extremely happy with ICC this year as a whole.”

The party is exclusively for ICC members and the school that is invited to the event, which creates a more personal environment for all involved.

“You work personally with the kids and it is very touching,” Torbati said.

Aside from the gratification that the members get from volunteering, the children’s reponses serve as motivation to host the party every year.

“The kids really appreciate it,” Roa said.

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