St. Rose High School holds inaugural tree lighting

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Santa Claus made his way to the high school by boat, fire truck and magical dust before appearing on the high school stage. With help from his “elves,” Santa was able to deliver presents provided by the PTA. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

BELMAR — St. Rose High School [SRHS] helped spread Christmas joy to the school community with its first Christmas Tree lighting on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

With students from SRHS and the grammar school in attendance, the high school helped ring in the Christmas season.

The afternoon began with a prayer from Msgr. Ed Arnister followed by a solo performance of “Breath of Heaven” by Megan Stefanacci, a live nativity scene with narration by the Rev. Chris Dayton, performances from the choir, the St. Rose Theater Company, the cheerleaders and the Rosettes dance team and, finally, a visit from the man in red himself, Santa Claus.

This event was organized with help from SRHS Principal John Tonero, who brought the tree lighting vision to St. Rose from his previous tenure in another school district.

With help from his assistant Jessica Drews, Mr. Tonero was able to work with the arts council at St. Rose and they were on board with the idea right away, he said.

The student council at the high school also thought that it was a great idea and wanted to move forward to making it happen.