Neighborhood children celebrate Christmas at Loyola

By Gabe Johnson

Children from local neighborhoods joined together with Loyola University Chicago students to celebrate the joy of Christmas this weekend at the annual Christmas on Campus event at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.

The event paired up children from local elementary schools in Rogers Park, Edgewater and Uptown with Loyola students who then enjoyed  food, drinks, and several activities, as well as a magician and a musical performance.

Activity tables were hosted by a variety of student groups and organizations from around campus, and included food, drinks,  games, as well as arts and crafts.

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Harry Osterman, 7, a 1st grader from Hawthorne Scholastic Academy described his experience.

“We got hot chocolate, went bowling, made ornaments, and played knockout. Knockout was my favorite! Oh, and we made reindeer food which you put in your house or your front yard, and reindeer will come and they’ll eat it and give you lots of presents” Osterman said

The event also included a magic show which several kids were excited to participate in. The show included disappearing hat tricks, magic binding rings, and several other exciting illusions that had kids jaws dropping.

“He was really cool! My favorite was when his wife escaped the box and they traded places while the curtain was up!” Said Lela Carter, 10, a 5th grader from Stewart Elementary School

The day ended with a musical performance by a local band called The Sandy Pilgrims who also helped to organize the event. The performance included several fun and silly Christmas songs, as well as a Disney song mash-up which had kids singing and dancing.

Jacob Stolz, 20, a junior psychology major, event organizer, and member of The Sandy Pilgrims was also happy with how the day went.

“It was a lot of fun. All the kids were dancing and singing along so we were really excited to see that. I hope they all had as much fun as we did.”

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