‘Light the Way’ workdays set

By Cynthia Mungaray

LOGOS STAFF WRITER

Preparations for the annual “Light the Way” holiday event at the University of the Incarnate Word will get an early start with two September workdays, planners said.

Volunteers will begin checking strings of the million Christmas lights used for the event on Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Marian Hall Ballroom. The second workday is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 21, in the ballroom.

“Light the Way” is “an annual gift to the community,” said Kayla Rice, special events coordinator for UIW’s Office of Public Relations.

The holiday-lighting event will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. Once turned on, the lights will remain on at night through Jan. 6.

“This event allows for friends and families to gather at Benson Stadium to share an evening of music, celebration, giving, and holiday cheer,” Rice said, adding that the community also has an opportunity to give back by donating a new, unwrapped toy to the Elf Louise Christmas Project.

“Those who attend will participate in an enchanting walk through UIW to gaze upon the thousands of lights that illuminate the campus,” Rice said. “The walk begins after the official flip of the switch with a candlelit procession towards Dubuis Lawn. Along the way, guests will be able to take snapshots of this beautiful tradition whilst creating more wonderful memories.”

Students volunteering for the workdays will receive community service hours toward those required for graduation.

“Free food and door prizes will be available to volunteers to add in the fun and cheer that these workdays provide,” Rice said.

Besides the workdays, all approved student organizations are encouraged to participate in the annual “Light the Way” Display Board Contest set from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, on Dubuis Lawn. Cash prizes are available for the top three organization’s designs. Lunch also will be provided to participants.

The display boards will be arranged around campus for “Light the Way” visitors to see throughout the holiday period as well.,

“Those who attend (‘Light the Way’) will participate in an enchanting walk through UIW to gaze upon the thousands of lights that illuminate the campus,” Rice said. “The walk begins after the official flip of the switch with a candlelit procession towards Dubuis Lawn. Along the way, guests will be able to take snapshots of this beautiful tradition whilst creating more wonderful memories.”

 

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