DECA party canceled, but gifts go forward

December 22, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

HEDGESVILLE, W.VA. -- The annual DECA Club Christmas party at Hedgesville High School was canceled Tuesday due to the weather, but the gift giving was not.

Frank DiNicola, marketing teacher at Hedgesville High School, said he and two DECA Club students will be at Hedgesville High School Wednesday inside the front entrance from 10 a.m. to noon to give out the gifts to 10 students from Hedgesville and Opequon elementary schools.

"I talked with all the parents," he said. "We can't deliver them."

"It's very disappointing" having to cancel the Christmas party, which is in its 29th year, DiNicola said.

Since 1980, the DECA Club has raised about $29,000 and given Christmas gifts to about 300 children, he said.

The DECA Club is an association of marketing students, DiNicola said, and the high school's 50 students raised about $3,100 this year from Berkeley County businesses to purchase the Christmas gifts.


The elementary school students receiving the gifts were handpicked by their schools' administrators, he said.

DECA Club members Kayla Avey and Cayce Martin, both Hedgesville High School seniors, will be at the school to help DiNicola.

"They did a tremendous amount of work," he said.

"The most important thing is that we are teaching our students to do something for someone else at this time of year," DiNicola said.


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