From left, Sequim High leadership students Richard Meier, Erik Holtrop, Dustan Koch, Aidan Braaten, Kaleb Needoba and Hannah Hampton make plans for a special holiday-themed drive-thru and toy drive, slated for noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, at the high school. (Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

From left, Sequim High leadership students Richard Meier, Erik Holtrop, Dustan Koch, Aidan Braaten, Kaleb Needoba and Hannah Hampton make plans for a special holiday-themed drive-thru and toy drive, slated for noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, at the high school. (Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Sequim students to share holiday spirit with drive-thru toy drive

SEQUIM — In the past nine months, while moving their instruction online, Sequim High School students have seen all of their activities — from dances and sporting events to after-school club events — canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the shut-downs, SHS students are rallying to host a special holiday-themed drive-thru and toy drive, set for noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the high school parking lot at 601 N. Sequim Ave.

Students can receive candy canes, cocoa and apple cider and take part in a car decorating contest judged by Associated Student Body officers, with top honors going to those displaying the “most festive” spirit, Sequim High teacher/ASB advisor Sean O’Mera said.

“We (usually) have a lot of events during the winter, like Winter Wishes, but we can’t really do that now,” said Aiden Braaten, SHS Leadership group president.

Instead, the students will host the holiday event with the key component a toy drive that benefits the Salvation Army.

SHS Leadership students are most excited about the toy collection, O’Mera said, as many of the students would normally support the Salvation Army through the “giving tree” located in the SHS library.

The vast majority of students at Sequim Middle School and Sequim High School haven’t been in classrooms since the 2019 novel coronavirus began to spread throughout the region in mid-March.

Some elementary school students returned to classrooms for a few weeks before reverting to a district-wide remote learning model on Nov. 25.

“It’s definitely difficult,” Braaten said, crediting SHS teachers for helping students stay positive.

“It’s going as well as it can during a pandemic,” Braaten said.

For more information about the drive-thru, call 360-582-3600.

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