Student Council adopts family for Christmas |

Student Council adopts family for Christmas

Christina M. Currie

The loss of a job and a diagnosis of cancer put a damper on one Craig family’s holiday until the Moffat County High School Student Council decided to play Santa.

After identifying a family in need, student council members set out to make this a Christmas to remember. Using cash generated by fund-raisers and donations from area businesses, student council members purchased food and presents for each member of the four-person family.

“Without the businesses in town, it wouldn’t have been possible,” junior class Vice President Matt Maneotis said. He estimates the council spent about $1,000 to buy the family a Christmas dinner, six to seven ready made meals and other staples, as well as clothes and other Christmas gifts.

“It turned out excellent,” Maneotis said. “We really looked into it and this family was really deserving.

Maneotis did the shopping. “You have to think about someone else besides yourself,” he said. “It’s really excellent.”

This is the second year the student council has adopted a family. Last year the group selected two families in need and even purchased a Christmas tree for one that needed it, but this year members decided to narrow their focus a little more.

“Mostly we do this as a community service thing,” Student Council President Klava Caras said. “It’s pretty fun. You wrap the presents for them and deliver them. There are presents for everyone and we always write ‘from Santa.'”

Maneotis said the family the student council adopted was leery at first and shocked at what came. He said this is definitely a tradition the student council will continue.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, or by e-mail at

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