For the 26th consecutive year, the Pennington School community came together to host its annual HomeFront Holiday Party on Saturday, December 14. The Holiday Party is a Pennington tradition; Pennington students and faculty members host guests from HomeFront, a local organization serving those in need in Mercer County. The annual party offers neighbors from HomeFront a luncheon provided by Sodexo and served by Pennington students and staff, a visit and photo with Santa, arts and crafts stations, a dance party complete with DJ, bingo for adults, a book corner, and more. A highlight of the party is Santa’s Workshop, where the HomeFront families, parents and children alike, all have the opportunity to “shop” for gifts to give their loved ones.
The Pennington senior class Peer Leaders worked hard to ensure that there was a present in Santa’s Workshop for every child at the party, and the School’s faculty and staff donated gifts for children to give to their parents. There were about 350 guests in total at the event. In Santa’s Workshop, HomeFront guests selected items for children whose ages ranged from infants to teenagers. In addition, books, hats, scarves, and gloves were distributed to all attendees. The Pennington School’s community supported the cause by donating unwrapped presents, decorating “Giving Trees” around campus with winter gear, and bringing in new and gently used books. Many current students volunteered at the event itself to set up and clean up, and to host individual tables for the visiting families. Parents, faculty, and staff pitched in to help with registration, serve food, and wrap presents.
HomeFront is a Mercer County not-for-profit organization devoted to ending homelessness and poverty in central New Jersey, and the School’s annual party has become a beloved tradition for all involved.