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Shelby Civitan Club delivers holiday cheer to students at North Shelby School

posted Dec 21, 2016, 5:39 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated Dec 21, 2016, 5:50 AM ]
The Shelby Civitan Club recently held its annual Christmas party at North Shelby School, a school for special purpose school located in Shelby, North Carolina. Over 100 Junior Civitan students from Crest Middle as well as Burns, Crest, and Shelby high schools, converged at the party again to partner with North Shelby students in relay games, singing holiday songs, enjoying some good eats and treats, but more importantly, uniting in celebration.

Roger Harris, the president of the Shelby Civitan Club, explained, “The event helps form friendships and break down barriers by learning acceptance and toleration of differences.”

Travis Mangum, the vice president of the Shelby Civitan Club, emcees the party annually. As the emcee, Mangum provides direction for the students and volunteers making sure the event goes off without a hitch. He even gets to introduce Santa Claus who brings presents to every North Shelby student, specific to their Christmas wishes.

“This is the big event for our Civitan club, and we try to make it bigger and better each year,” said Mangum. "As the parent of two special needs children, it just warms my heart when kids with special needs are treated as equals. That happens each year at our Christmas party and I hope it continues for years to come."

“The planning for this party begins the afternoon of the previous year’s event,” added Harris. “The fundraisers are ongoing, and collaboration takes place often with North Shelby School staff members to provide unique experiences each year.”

Fully funded for over 40 years by the Shelby Civitan Club, the party provides a warm, heartfelt experience for everyone involved.

Mangum adds, “It is just a quality time and what makes Christmas special and meaningful.”

“We’re fortunate to have such caring and philanthropic partners as the Shelby Civitan Club members,” said Allison Hodges, principal at North Shelby School. This event affords our students the opportunity to enjoy Christmas while interacting with other students – of similar age - from across the county.”

If you are interested in joining the Shelby Civitan Club or wish to donate towards this worthwhile experience, contact Roger Harris at