Hot chocolate is garnished with candy canes, snow is on the ground and the weather outside is frigid. Shops have been ready and prepared for the holidays for months and now. It is time for students to stock up on holiday gear. 

Party City

      Party City focuses primarily on Christmas decorations. Most of the seasonal inventory is for holiday parties and supplies used to decorate the house for the Christmas season. The store is full of red and green snowflake lanterns, elf and santa figurines, Christmas scene setters and reindeer car decals. The shop also sells Santa hats and reindeer antlers starting at 99 cents. Party City is for those who want to surround themselves in Christmas. 


      Michaels offers various arts, crafts and decorations centered around Christmas. Those who indulge on the crafty, fun side of Christmas can find everything they need at Michaels. Everything from specialty ornaments, to Christmas trees, to seasonal sugar decorations can be found here. Aisles are filled with extraordinary wreaths, poinsettia- red bows, light structures of reindeer and cotton snow. Michaels has Christmas themed yarn, cake toppings, pipe cleaners and glitter.  


      Target has many tools to help with all aspects of winter. People wanting a wide variety of seasonal goods can find all necessities at Target. The shop sells cheap fuzzy socks, winter coats, thermal long-sleeves and snow boots for the bitter temperatures. The candy section is full of different types of candy canes, Ferrero Rochers in evergreen-tree shaped boxes, Christmas-shaped candies under a dollar and abnormally large chocolate bars. Right next to the candy section, the Christmas decorations and trees can be found. Target sells specialty and regular ornaments, along with tree tinsel and skirts. Throughout Target, many gift stands are up for those who want universal gifts. These stands can be found in the clothing department.  


      Wal-Mart is a retail company that supplies the fundamental Christmas needs. A vast selection of seasonal apparel and utilities can be found at the store. Christmas jewelry is sold for three dollars, including candy cane earrings, jingle bell bracelets, ornament necklaces and Rudolph sunglasses. The garden section of Wal-Mart is dedicated to decorating the outside of any building for the holiday. Many starter faux Christmas trees are sold, along with different ornaments and a dozen candy canes to put on the tree. The front aisles are stocked with affordable gift sets and small presents including complete make-up sets, NFL football blankets and helmets, ornaments filled with beauty blenders and barbeque-grilling sets.


     Tis the season for joy and giving. In the Warrior nation, tis the season for giving back to the community by helping make a child’s Christmas memorable.

     For 33 years, Warren Central has hosted a Children’s Christmas party for elementary students in the township. Students who are chosen by their schools are given the opportunity to write down their interests and things that they need or want for Christmas. Then, clubs and classes from the high school are assigned a child. They raise money to buy presents, wrap them and give them to the child at the annual Christmas party.

     “These students eventually grow up and are high school students here at Warren Central and are able to ‘pay it forward’ by donating money and gifts to the next generation,” student council advisor Amy Moeller said. “It is our responsibility as a community to take care of one another and lift one another up when times are difficult.”

       The student council officers plan a special party for the students which includes games, crafts, food, Santa and Mrs. Claus and, of course, the chance to open presents.

       This year, 89 students were sponsored and will enjoy the festivities of the party.

     “The Christmas Party is one of my favorite events that StuCo sponsors. It is a blast seeing all the children having a good time, especially when they are opening presents and receiving what they asked for,” senior student council vice president Andrew Montgomery said. 


     The Salvation Army is a religious organization that serves 128 countries around the globe. The organization started in 1865, when a man named William Booth abandoned the traditional church to spread the teachings of Jesus Christ to the streets of London. While spreading his teachings, Booth realized just how many people struggled to have basic necessities such as food and housing.

     Booth’s observations led to the eventual creation of the Salvation Army, something that originated in the West Coast, then went further into Boston and then into European countries.

     In 1891, Captain Joseph McFee of the Salvation Army in San Francisco needed the funds to provide Christmas dinner to 1,000 people in need. He came up with the idea to use a brass kettle as a donation pot, coining the phrase “The Simpson’s Pot.” Nowadays, this is displayed by the people who stand outside public places and ring bells to encourage people to give donations.

     Today, many people help out in this annual tradition, including volunteers and employees from businesses.

     “We have several people who participate in this event, which is wonderful because not only do we get to help, but the people who participate help as well. Some even go to the extreme and dress up as good old Saint Nick just to get into the spirit,” Roger Snider, Salvation Army representative, said.

     The Salvation Army has been what some people say to be a “safety luck” when in need of help. About four and half million people are assisted annually during the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

     The Salvation Army isn’t just an organization that just stands out with a bell. It’s much more than that. It’s an organization that helps those who are struggling.

     “Our goal is to get everyone who is in need of help a wonderful holiday season,” Snider said. 


      It is that time of year again! The leaves are falling and the weather is changing. Everyone is looking forward to the holiday season. During this joyous time, we must also remember that it is a season of giving and being kind to others. It is also the time for high school seniors to fill their resumes with more community service hours. 

Humane Society:

        The Humane Society offers sheltering and adoptive services for all kinds of animals. Volunteering at the Humane Society gives students and families the chance to have hands on experience and provide care for animals in need of compassion. To volunteer, students must be at least 16 years of age. There is a $15 fee for each volunteer, which covers the volunteer t-shirt, basic training and volunteering supplies. There is a wide range of options, which include training and giving quality time to adoptable dogs, making sure kennels and other areas are well-kept, walking adult dogs, spending quality time with cats and cleaning cages. Before volunteering, volunteers must attend an information session, complete training and an educational course on the animals and shadow an experienced staff member. 

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful:

       Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is an organization created to build communities and help improve the quality of public places in the city. Volunteers learn more about the community and gain hands-on experiences with nature, while also helping to keep the city safe and clean. Volunteers can choose to help clean the streets, plant trees in public places or turn empty spaces into public parks. In order to volunteer, one must create a profile on the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful website and register to work. 

Art with a Heart:

       Art with a Heart is an organization that provides a variety of art programs for at-risk youth. Many of the children associated with the program come from difficult backgrounds and typically lack basic things such as food and money. Volunteers work directly with the students in a positive environment and help them find their potential, whether it is in the arts or elsewhere. Volunteers can choose to assist in classrooms during school days, after school programs or summer camps. The organization says, “No art experience necessary; bring your heart for kids and your smiling face and we will train you on everything else!” 

Sonny Day:

        Sonny Day is known for providing food, toiletries and clothing to Warren Township families in need. The pantry occupies the building that used to be Heather Hills Elementary. There are many opportunities for students and parents alike to volunteer and help Sonny Day run efficiently. Students can organize clothing and food items or help with packaging donations. This is a way to make a difference in the Warren Township community. Sonny Day partners with student council to get volunteers when they are in need of help. Those interested in volunteering at Sonny Day can speak with a student council adviser: Amy Moeller, Tracey Bush and Tim Kegley or officer: Ramatou Soumare, Andrew Montgomery, Chelsi Waggoner, Lilian Duong, Staci Gibson, Laniah Ray-Reed, Charles Peterson and Peter Drummond.


        Gleaners is a food bank that partners with approximately250 organizations in 21 counties in Indiana. There are variousopportunities to volunteer throughout the year. Volunteers canwork in the distribution center sorting and packaging donationsin the warehouse as well as putting together backpacks for at riskyouth. Volunteers can also work in the Cynthia H. HubertCommunity Cupboard, greeting customers and helping loaditems in customers’ vehicles. Gleaners provides a variety ofchoices including packaging, helping seniors shop and helpingstaff members enter data into the database. Gleaners providesa great opportunity to be involved in the community and gainexperience in interacting with people. In order to volunteer,a volunteer release form must be filled out and turned in theday the student chooses to volunteer. 


        DoSomething.org is a resource for anyone interested in participating in community service and doing things on their own. DoSomething offers an extensive selection of activities and service projects that support a wide variety of causes. Causes include: animals, bullying, environment, discrimination, education, health, homelessness, disasters and poverty. Students can do things such as host a jean collecting drive or create thank you cards for veterans. When a project is completed, students can post pictures and qualify for scholarships for themselves or for their schools.


    The drama club is introducing a junior drama club for local middle school students.

    The students will get a taste of what Warren Central Drama Club is about and have opportunities to learn how to put on a play and learn the rules of acting.

    The concept of the junior drama club is to have the students see what theater is like and what they can do when they get into high school.

   “I think that this program is a great idea for the middle school students and they get a taste of what theater and what drama is about. It should be a lot of fun for the officers and other participants,” said officer Hannah Walls.

    Vice President Egypt Owens hopes that this experience will inspire middle school students to do theater when they get into high school.

   “The idea came to me when I was reflecting on my middle school life and the kids here would give us a chance to do this,” said Owens.

    The program started Nov. 10 in the studio theater. The group will have 30 students who will be joining and will meet every Friday to go over the fundamentals of theater and teach the students how to put on a show. 


      This year, Tri-M Music Honor Society was introduced to Warren Central for students who excel both academically and musically.

      Tri-M, which stands for Modern Music Masters, is a program open to middle school and high school students and is a branched department of the National Association for Music Education.

     “It was originally Edward Meckes’s [Performing Arts Department Chair] idea to start a Tri-M chapter here, because he wanted to recognize the outstanding students in our department and promote more visibility for the performing arts in the school and community,” said Performing Arts Department Assistant, Jill Wynalda. “I volunteered to be the adviser because I previously started a Tri-M chapter at another school.”

     Tri-M has been working towards getting their club established and advocating for the performing arts at Warren Central, in the community and within the district.

    “Tri-M is going to [start] giving performances and doing service projects to promote the performing arts. For example, we plan on giving a few performances in the morning on the stage outside of the CSC [Counselling Services Center], going to the middle schools to help out their programs, holding a PAC open house and much more,” said junior Karli Valencia.

     Many other schools in Indiana have a Tri-M Music Honor Society, including: Shortridge, Port Chester and Vincennes Lincoln.

    “Individuals in advanced music classes should join Tri-M because they get to provide stronger relationships throughout the community by performance. The individuals in Tri-M will learn about critical thinking, compassion, patience and become stronger leaders by doing so,” said junior Nicole Diaz-Castillo.

    The first 47 Warren Central members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society were inducted on Nov. 1.

   “Tri-M is a great opportunity to improve musicianship and spread the performing arts. Over the years, the performing arts has declined, so one of our main focuses is that we are going to go out into the community to show people how important music is,” said Valencia.