NBHS Receives Christmas Miracle

By at December 7, 2017 | 2:30 pm | Print


New Britain High School is decked out for the Christmas season as Ald. Robert Smedley led an effort Sunday to inspire students for the holidays by decorating the school.

“I had an idea of decorating the first floor of the New Britain High School hallway to have holiday spirit and boost morale of the kids,” said Smedley, an alderman, who also works for the Consolidated School District of New Britain where he is responsible for Energy Management. “I posted on Facebook that I had an idea and needed some assistance.”

Smedley was at Roma Sports Bar & Grill, on Allen Street, when owner Kahlid Tawfik asked him what that idea was and to explain it. He told him and Tawfik said, lets go shopping.

The pair went to Sam’s Club and spent $1,000 on Christmas donations. The Mayor’s Charitable fund and a couple other anonymous donors paid for the rest.

On Sunday, a group decorated from the Trophy Case to Mill Street of the first floor of the high school.

Sharon Lapilla hand tied the bows, Lisa Kawecki decorated the tree, Sal Germano hung the garland and Kate Howard decorated the wreaths.

Also helping were Wynter Lapilla, Snow Lapilla and her friend Patrick, and Kevin Dukes.

“I enjoy helping with things at the High School,” said Howard. “Robert Smedley does so much for the students and staff. It’s always fun to help him do something that will make the kids and faculty smile. We had a lot of fun decorating!”

The group worked about four hours on the transformation.

“Garland is over every doorway transition. There is about seven different doors,” said Smedley. “Christmas bulbs are hanging from the ceilings at different heights. There are a lot of lights and a grand Christmas tree at the Trophy Case.”

There are also some outdoor Christmas decorations.

“My staff at the high school decorated their custodial coop in the cafeteria and they did it over the top. I said ‘hey lets try this’ at the school,” Smedley said. “I think this will make a difference at the school. It will be a positivity in their life when someone may not have it all the time.”

Smedley called the event “A Christmas Miracle”.

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