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Although some of our normal holiday traditions look a little different this year, we are still trying to keep the Christmas spirit alive. Student Council, Spartanettes and BHS faculty have all taken the opportunity to do something more festive this year and are conducting Chritsmas gift swaps in some way or another!

For this past week of Dec. 14 through the 18, Student Council members have been participating in the annual “Secret Santa” gifts with teachers and staff members here at BHS. For this, each member chooses one high school staff member as their “secret santa”. Each day of the week the student gives a gift and a clue about who they are to their secret santa. On Friday, the staff member should be able to guess who their secret santa is and then give their own gift to that student. Students and teachers really have fun with the clue element of this exchange and some really put in the effort this year when giving their secret santa hints. Ashlyn Lutts was one who enjoyed making her clues more difficult for Mr. Waldbillig and even went as far as including other students in on her actions. One hint she left explained that she would be wearing crazy socks, but then made sure to let other suspected classmates know to also wear crazy socks that day. This week usually ends with a luncheon for staff and students, but due to COVID-19 restrictions we were not able to make that happen this year. Instead, the Student Council served soup for all teachers at noon on Friday from Cabin Creek Cafe.

Another gift swap this holiday season included one for members of Spartanettes. Each student was tasked with bringing a $10.00 gift to swap for the meeting. Members then picked numbers to see the order of who would get to choose a gift from the assortment first. In this white elephant swap, gifts were allowed to be stolen twice before they were deemed “dead.” Spartanette members had a blast and this tradition continues to be one that is anxiously awaited by students each year!

Lastly, faculty members also took part in a unique gift swapping exchange this year too. All Baker High School staff were told to bring a disguised gift and place it on their desk for Monday the 14th. Then, throughout the week staff members would swap gifts from room to room with one another, not knowing at all what was inside the package. After many swaps, the last gift a person ended up with by Friday of the week is the one they get to keep! Staff members then have the “big reveal” Monday morning with one another to see what gifts they have received. The exchange was fun for teachers and staff, and is unique in allowing the mystery to continue all week long.

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