It all became alive in one evening. At 6 p.m. on Friday, April 17, the Alfond Sports Center transformed into a beautiful reception, adorned with Spanish-like decorations, tables with yellow linen, fine silverware, and much more.
I walked into that building pondering how tired I would feel after doing my required six-hour volunteer shift from 6 p.m.-12 a.m. The two days prior to the event were very hectic (projects due, exams approaching) and I didn’t get much sleep. I had no idea of the journey I was walking into.
The impeccable decorations amazed me. I loved the adorned tables, the carefully designed centerpieces, the stage, the welcoming committee, the uniformity of the volunteers’ red t-shirts, and the layout of the whole reception. I even started scanning the room for ideas for my upcoming wedding reception (once you start planning a wedding you start noticing details you never knew existed!).
But that was just the beginning. Soon enough, our guests arrived. Traditional figures of the Winter Park city, leaders of Rollins College, business men and women, alumni and their spouses flooded the newly transformed gym. It was a showcase of beautiful dresses and attire. Old friends were reuniting, and new friendships were being formed. From young to old, all together were gathered with one purpose: to offer support to the Hamilton Holt School and contribute financially to the hundreds of scholarships offered each year.
“I never fully understood the Hamilton Holt School’s reputation in this city. We come to class and we leave, but we don’t see all the backstage work being done to make it happen,” said Adina Coomber, scholarship recipient of the Hamilton Holt School.
Yes, Adina is right. It wasn’t until this event that I discovered the Holt School’s reputation in our community. We are valued by many. In fact, local support is what enables me and hundreds of other students to be able to pay for classes and achieve our goals. Financial support from philanthropist Harriett Lake, from corporations such as Disney and SeaWorld, from businesses such as Arthur’s Catering and the Samba Room: This is what makes my dreams possible-makes our dreams possible.
We all have a responsibility to carry the reputation of the Holt School forward. Our community believes in us. They do appreciate all the sacrifices we all have to make in order to achieve our education. We are not alone in this journey.
Starry, Starry Night made me realize I am part of a bigger picture. It made me grateful for the support of every sponsor, grateful for the wonderful team of people at the Hamilton Holt School who work full time to make it all possible.
Yes, I was physically tired at the end of the night. But between helping, laughing, eating, dancing, moving vases of plants around (those who volunteered at the event know what I am talking about!), I discovered who I was: a Hamilton Holt School student.