Christmas Tree Lighting

What began as an observation or the wish of an 8th grader, became reality on Friday, December 2. In November, looking around the plaza and at the trees without leaves, Luis Perez approached administrators and said, “You know what we need? A big Christmas tree outside."

With that inspiration, the 8th graders, Loyola Academy Class of 2017, set their minds on doing a first annual tree lighting. They sent out hand-decorated invitations, they invited the choir and band members to play, and they hosted the evening.

Different cultures were celebrated in crafts and song. The student created luminaries-which began as a Chinese tradition, but were later adopted by the Spanish-lit up the plaza and the field. Students sang along to Christmas standards, as well as a traditional Spanish Christmas song, “Mi Burrito de Belen.”

Students invited Peter McLaughlin, the former President of our Board of Trustees, to light the tree. Speaking about him, students referenced the Jesuit values that they learn every day.

“This special gentleman has been very important to us. He embodies the Jesuit values that we learn every day in Loyola Academy. Giving, and not counting the cost, and laboring, without asking for reward.”

“For the last 9 years, as the President of our Board, he has worked tirelessly to insure that all of our students receive the absolute BEST Catholic education”.

It was heart-warming to see the school plaza packed with families, alumni, supporters and friends of Saint Columbkille Partnership School.

Please patronize our generous benefactors, Lenny & Chris, who graciously donated our tree:Boston Christmas Trees

Check out their website and be sure to visit their lot at 22 Harvard Ave, Allston!