Every year, Renee DiMeo-Bridgwood’s students do a host of decorations for the holiday season. They get giant rolls of paper to paint and hang on the hallway walls, create special holiday-themed display cases, and this year, hosted local families for the first Candy Cane Lane event.
“I’ve always wanted to do something bigger,” DiMeo-Bridgwood said.
The event, held on Monday, Dec. 16 at Center Moriches High School, brought families in to see the artwork created by students, both in class and in the school art club. It was inspired by the trick-or-treat events held by business teacher Jackie Rose, which were successful. And it was simultaneously a toy drive to benefit Center Moriches nonprofit Helping Makes U Happy.
DiMeo-Bridgwood said her students get a fun opportunity to learn new art skills through this event. The artwork has been in production since before Thanksgiving, and students voted for this year’s theme to be “The Grinch.”
“We want to give people an arts experience,” she said.
Families who visited Candy Cane Lane were able to enter several rooms and participate in different activities. In one room, children could make edible winter snacks like marshmallow snowmen, chocolate-covered pretzels, and hot chocolate. In another room, children could make homemade reindeer food in preparation for Christmas, candy cane ornaments, and greeting cards. They could also drop off letters to Santa, or ask him for presents themselves when they got a picture taken.
The event was a team effort between the art department, the art club, and the Interact club.