A Week's Fun Benefits More Than Students

As part of the annual Calais High School Winter Carnival, the National Honor Society sponsors competitions which collect items that will benefit community organizations. Pictured are Patrick Corbett, Kale Sapiel, Emily Doten, Kelsey LaCoote, Dylan Carrier, and Ivy McLellan from the CHS National Honor Society with the 241 towels and rolls of paper towels that will be donated to PAWS. (Photo submitted by Anne Scott)

By Kaileigh Deacon


Every year the week before February vacation, the halls of Calais High School are filled with a little more excitement than usual. This week, for over thirty years, has been the week of winter carnival where games and activities unite classes and get the creative juices of the classes moving. 

More than just a week of games, activities and decorating, Winter Carnival also gives students the opportunity to give back to their community. Over the course of the week, each of the four classes at the high school competes for points so that their class might win the week of Winter Carnival. Each of the activities they attend earn points for their class. 

Spearheaded by the National Honor Society, classes collect various items over the week that will, in turn, be donated to local organizations. Together they work together to collect used books for the Lions Club, non-perishable food items for the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry, can tabs to go to the IWK Hospital through the Knights of Pythias in St. Stephen, and towels for PAWS. 

While classes collect these items they earn points for their class toward their Winter Carnival goals, but they also are helping organizations and people in their community by doing so. If you wish to help with donations you can send them in with students in any grade at Calais High School or through a National Honor Society Member.