Riverview Junior High will hold its first Christmas benefit concert to support the school’s Sub-for-Santa fund.
The concert will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1 in the school auditorium, 751 West Tripp Lane. Tickets for the concert will be $5 per person or $20 for a family. A silent auction, sponsored by the school’s Parent-Teacher-Student Association, will coincide with the concert.
Headlining the concert will be the winner of the Murray’s Got Talent contest, Cambria Demke, who teaches English at Riverview. The runner-up, Riverview student Caleb Spjute, will play “Silent Night” on the piano.
Riverview students, under the direction of the student body officers and peer leadership team, have been helping with Sub-for-Santa for more than 20 years, said Jennifer Mackay, who has helped organize events with teachers Brandon Harrison and Amy Roberds.
The Sub-for-Santa program typically provides hygiene needs, kitchen supplies, clothes, school supplies, books and toys for four to six Riverview families. Student body officers and members of the peer leadership team purchase the items as well as gift cards so each family can buy groceries as well.
“This is the student body officers’ favorite day of the year,” Mackay said. “We love to see them get into the holiday spirit.”
In addition to the concert, students will hold a two-week “penny wars” competition between grade levels. When students donate pennies and checks, the class receives positive points. However, all other money is negative points.
In addition, the Riverview’s ninth-grade boys’ basketball team members will compete after school Wednesday, Dec. 3 against faculty members in a basketball game. A $2 donation to watch the game goes to the Sub-for-Santa fund.