CWU Empowerment Center to Make Student Families’ Holidays Brighter | CWU Public Affairs

By: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell
Posted: Dec. 12, 2011

The Central Washington University Center for Student Empowerment hosted the annual Operation ELF event Saturday, December 10, in the Sue Lombard Dining Room on the Ellensburg campus.

The event was open to all CWU non-traditional students over the age of 25 and their children. By empowering local families, Operation ELF helps take the stress of holiday preparations off the shoulders of student families by serving a traditional holiday meal.

“This is a great opportunity to come together and connect with each other,” says Michelle Cyrus, assistant director for Empowerment Center Non-Traditional Student programs. “We invite [all non-traditional students] to come, whether they have a family or not.”

Crafts and activities were provided for children, including making snowflake ornaments, puppets and pinecone birdfeeders. Face painting was also available along with a coloring contest, which let children practice their art skills.

In addition, the Elizabeth Maurer Band performed their own jazz-twist on classic holiday songs, suitable for dancing for children and adults. Attendees also had the chance to win various raffle items donated from local businesses and community members.


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