Students, Levelland community to gather for annual tree lighting

by Desiree Lopez

Members of the South Plains College Grounds and Maintenance Department have already begun decorating the Levelland campus in preparation for the annual event that has become known as The Festival of Lights.

SPC, in collaboration with Levelland Main Street and the Marigolds, will host the event on Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. at the main entrance of the Levelland campus.

Dr. Gary Hudson, professor of fine arts in music, will lead the SPC Symphonic Band as they perform familiar Christmas songs to begin the evening.

At that time, free hot chocolate will be offered for those in attendance.

Once the sun has set, Dr. Robin Satterwhite, president of SPC, will give his remarks about the event and will join the winner of the Miss Caprock pageant, Julieta Juarez from Sudan, to light the trees, along with the other decorations around campus and lights on campus buildings.

Afterward, SPC faculty and student organizations, including Levelland community organizations, will begin their parade floats down Magnolia Street, leading the people to the downtown square for many fun activities. Student Life will have bouncy houses available and a place to throw snowballs at the grinch.

Santa Claus will also be in attendance for those wanting to take a picture.

For questions about the Tree Lighting, contact Miranda English, director of student life at SPC, at (806)716-2377.