Friday, November 18, two of our students Katie Betts and Erin Strakalaitis presented the Sussex Officials’ Appreciation Banquet.
The banquet idea was birthed out of a class project for the girls’ Church Planting course. Katie and Erin put into practice what they were learning by planning a banquet honouring town leaders who help make Sussex a wonderful place to live.
Due to the generous financial support of various local businesses, the girls were able to fully fund their project.
Community leaders who accepted invitations included Harold Lowe, fire chief; Graham Milner and Eric Nelson, town council members; Ralph Carr, deputy mayor; and Dr. Marsha Boyd-Mitchell and Connie Moss, principal and vice principal of Sussex Christian School respectively. Also in attendance were Kingswood’s Administrative Cabinet members.
Several of the school’s students helped serve the food, play the piano, lead the trivia games, give speeches, and offer prayers during the evening.
Jr. Worley, student council president, talked about the importance of community and said: “Sussex wouldn’t be Sussex without you here. You’ve given many hours to serve this community.”
Third year student Rose Degenhardt thanked the Sussex leaders with these words: “I have grown up in Sussex all my life. I know this town cares for its residents, and I’m proud to raise my children here.”
Kirk Sabine, VP for student life, added, “I think it is a great thing for our students to connect more with the community. And I’m personally so glad to have worked with many who have and continue to serve Sussex.”
The Sussex leaders who attended were extremely grateful for the lovely banquet and hoped that it might occur again.
Note: Photos courtesy of Sarah Lamos.