Halls cheerleaders, Bearden basketball players are among holiday helpers

By Steve Williams

Halls’ cheerleaders and the Bearden boys’ basketball team have been among local high school student-athletes helping during the holidays.

The Halls girls worked at the annual Fantasy of Trees, which benefits the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville and also was scheduled to volunteer at The Angel Tree at West Town Mall this past Saturday, gift wrapping for donations.

“Volunteering at community service events during the Christmas season is a heartwarming experience,” said Halls senior Harper Kirby. “Seeing children smile when you paint their faces at Fantasy of Trees or wrapping a gift for those in need at the Angel Tree brings a feeling of joy like no other.”

Senior classmate Maddie Conner added: “It warms my heart to know we can put smiles on people’s faces this time of year.”

Halls Coach Cheri Duncan noted that community service activities are an integral part of the cheer program at Halls High.

“The girls put in hundreds of hours each year,” she said. “I think it is very important for them to give back to the community that always supports our program and school.”

The Bearden basketball team worked at the Weigel’s Family Christmas Event on Dec. 1.

“The boys’ program, including players and the coaching staff, has been doing this for many years and it is a great tradition and a great event!” stated Bearden Head Coach Jeremy Parrott.