On December 1, Mrs. Borcherding took the students from the Publications class in NHHS to decorate the caboose during their school hour. They decorated for Santa at the Caboose, an event at which children can get on the caboose in downtown New Haven to make their Christmas list and then go see Santa Claus.
Mrs. Borcherding was asked what the purpose of decorating the caboose was, and she said, “It's a fundraiser for the MAC Lab. All images are posted to zenfolio and the sales on zenfolio are used to purchase equipment and software.”
The Publications class decided on a Winter Candyland theme for Santa at the Caboose after they brainstormed a few ideas.
Sophomore Lydia Otten was asked if she liked what she decorated, and her response was, “Yes, because I love decorating, so I was in my element.”
Some of the props made were candy canes, fake lollipops, and decorative boards that said “Santa at the Caboose” and explained where to buy the Santa pictures. These decorative boards were made by two juniors, Elsie McNabb and Miranda Durbin.
A few of the students were asked what they did while they were over there, and junior Lexi Oetterer replied with, “I wrapped boxes to look like Christmas presents with Makenzie [Munsinger]. Makenzie and I also set up the Santa at the Caboose sign, and decorated the border.”
Lydia answered the question with, “Michelle [Bahena] and I did the lights for outside and we made it attractive so that it would light the caboose up.”
Diana Ribera, junior, was also questioned about what she did, and she said, “I mostly helped untangle lights since they were all tied together. I did help set up a few lights though, so that was fun.”
Mrs. Borcherding said that it was a successful night, since eighty families showed up to take their pictures with Santa.