From stringing up balloons to selecting the right holiday treats and dressing tabletops, ICDC College campuses have their own unique ways of spreading joy. This 2011 festive season offers the opportunity for celebrating and connecting with staff, students, and community members. It’s also a great time for trying new things—ranging from food selections to special events.
To kick off its holiday celebrations, ICDC College’s Hollywood main campus held its 13th Student Appreciation Day. The campus hosts this special event nearly every quarter—to thank students for their efforts—and treats them to an inviting spread of tantalizing foods. Topping off its holiday festivities, the Hollywood campus also held classroom-decorating parties. Students bedecked the halls and classrooms with brightly colored garlands and other adornments. Then they added their favorite foods—from traditional tamales to tempting chocolates—and aquí, the holiday spirit was in full swing.
At our Van Nuys campus, feasting was at full blast with meatballs and marinara sauce, green leafy salad, and tasty desserts. The campus President jested that it might be a good idea to introduce natural food selections at the next holiday feast—for those wishing to start healthy New Year’s resolutions early. Notably, this campus focused on creativity by holding a classroom-decorating competition among students. The #1 entry included a series of balloons hung from the ceilings along with a hand-made tabletop tree. The second place winner was a Christmas tree made out of books—created by the Paralegal program students. And, the third place featured colorful wall decorations and floor designs created by hand.
The Huntington Park campus was filled with holiday music and a variety of food—from salad to main course to desserts. Some of the fare was prepared by ICDC College staff who served students, faculty, and staff members. In the spirit of giving for the holidays, staff and students at this and all the campuses collected toys for the Marine Toys for Tots® Foundation. The toy donations were picked up December 16th so they could be taken to children in need—in time for the holidays.
According to its President, the Huntington Park campus held a blood drive during this “Season of Love.” She comments that their thank-you from the Red Cross, which ran the blood drive, congratulated this campus for collecting 140 pints of blood and saving 420 lives! “It’s all about sharing and helping others,” she adds. “I wish all the students a safe and happy holiday season.”
With a little creativity, the South Bay campus also had all the makings of a fun and a delicious holiday celebration. Students brought in a delicious “potluck” lunch and shared delectable treats with faculty, staff, and fellow students. The campus offices were decorated with holiday ornaments and had its own Christmas tree.
For the ICDC College Online campus, students were encouraged to continue their studying. “We are asking all students to make sure to log in to class and complete work the day before winter break begins (Dec. 23rd) and also the day that the break ends (Jan. 3rd),” commented the President of ICDC College Online Campus. He points out that by doing so, students would be entered into a contest to win a flat-screen HDTV.
Each campus had its own recipe for spreading holiday cheer. From all of us at ICDC College, we wish you the best in achieving the changes you want to see in your life this coming New Year.
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