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Winter Carnival fun

Incline High School offers a leadership class with students looking to make the holidays brighter for fellow community members.

"I really like leadership because we're in such a small community and there is so much to be involved with, like the blood drive, food drive, the giving tree, and of course fun school events like homecoming and prom," said high school senior and student body vice president, Madeline Saxe, who aspires to become an emergency room doctor.

Saxe has been part of the leadership class for three years and is working with her classmates on their next big project, the Winter Carnival on Wednesday, Dec. 20 in the Incline High School cafeteria.

The Winter Carnival is a school fundraiser that is filled with Christmas spirit including craft stations for young children to make gifts for family and friends, food and games.

"It's going to be really fun, just getting in the holiday spirit, having the younger kids make presents for their families, we have ornament crafts for them to do with glitter this year," said Natalie Schneider, another senior in the leadership class, who is interested in pursuing a career in the STEM field.

A main focus of the class this holiday season is The Giving Tree, an annual collaboration between Lake Tahoe School, Incline High School, and Tahoe Family Solutions.

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Through the partnership families in need provide lists of the items they would benefit from receiving this holiday season. Community members can purchase those gifts and bring them to the school for the students to wrap and present to families.

"The Giving Tree is at Lake Tahoe School and downstairs here, you take a card off of the tree and buy something for families in need. That exists everywhere, including here in Incline, and we should help," Saxe said.

To get involved in The Giving Tree, simply visit Incline High School or Lake Tahoe School and select the ornament cards that you'd like to purchase gifts from.

Return gifts by Wednesday, Dec. 20, the day of the Winter Carnival, and the schools will deliver gifts to families in need in time for the holidays.

Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at cwalker@sierrasun.com, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass.