Who would have thought a live camel would be walking around the Elyria Catholic High School campus?
Well, it happened.
The school began a new tradition earlier this month when it had a live Nativity scene on campus during the “Miracle on Poplar and Gulf.” The event name is a nod to the school’s location – 725 Gulf Road, at the corner of Poplar Street and Gulf in Elyria.
The live Nativity had real animals, including Cleve the camel, and students who portrayed Mary, Joseph, shepherds and the Three Kings. The stable was erected on the school lawn with a bed of straw and a manger for Baby Jesus.
After viewing the Nativity scene, visitors could pet the animals.
Those gathered prayed together before counting down with EC President Annie Heidersbach to light the wreath on the front of the school.
There was a toy collection to aid the Chronicle-Telegram’s Not-Forgotten Toy Box and the EC Choir provided seasonal music.
A Christmas bazaar showcased the culinary talents of EC students who baked treats in the food and nutrition classes. Other students in the fine arts classes created Christmas gifts and designed and created 3D, EC-branded Christmas ornaments in the school’s makerspace.
Alumni who returned to campus could walk the hallways looking for their class pictures. They also could visit the new James E. Terrell Performing Arts Center.
Children who attended the event received an EC drawstring bag filled with goodies and treats provided by Network Land Title Agency.
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