River View FFA students spread Christmas cheer

| December 17, 2021
River View High School FFA students were able to bring a touch of country Christmas cheer once again to students during a special event on Dec. 16.
“This is the one program we really missed last year (due to COVID),” said Allyssa Mullett, FFA advisor. “The kids were really excited when we started planning it. We had two classes that have never done it before. It’s amazing to see it all come together and the kids having fun here.”
The FFA area at RVHS was decorated for Christmas, and kindergarten, preschool and special-needs students from the district and Hopewell were invited to come enjoy games, crafts, an inflatable, a petting zoo, snacks and a visit with Santa Claus.
“The inflatable is new this year,” Mullett said. “With Tom Roahrig retiring from the pony ride business, we needed to get creative. We thought about what else we could do and decided everyone would love a bounce house, and we made sure to wipe it down between groups.”
About 150 special guests were expected to come enjoy the Touch of Country Christmas, which was started by retired teacher Jim Rich.
“He came out last night,” Mullett said. “He checked everything out and gave it his stamp of approval.”
This was sophomore Jayden Rice’s first year helping with the event. “I like hanging out with the animals and seeing all the happy little faces,” she said.
Junior Ethan Wilson helped out when he was a freshman and was glad to see the event back. He and Rice were showing their guests a heifer.
Junior Brody Shrimplin had a rabbit to show their young guests, sophomore Gage Wesney had a very calm bantam rooster and freshman Melissa Chanay joined them with another rabbit.
“It’s my sister’s rabbit,” she said. “It’s well behaved.”
Sophomores Brianna Karr and Chloey Geog were excited to get a chance to help at the Touch of Country Christmas.
“I was really looking forward to this,” Karr said.
She and Geog were running the cookie walk activity.
“I like hanging out with the kids and seeing them get excited,” Geog said.

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