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Freedom Writers Spread Holiday Cheer
Kelsey Rodrigues
Opinion & Student Life Editor
December 1, 2014

As the holiday season approaches and seasonal decorating begins, the Durfee Freedom Writers Club has introduced a new addition to hang up on the tree this year. The club is selling one-of-a-kind Durfee ornaments. 

Originally available in both red and white, the ornaments sold incredibly quickly and now only a limited amount of white ones remain. The festive ornaments read “B.M.C. Durfee High School,” along with a calligraphed “D” and the symbolic word, “Hilltoppers.” 

Freedom Writers "Durfee Hilltoppers" Ornaments, limited availability. 

-Hilltop File Photo

At only $10.00 a piece, proceeds benefit the FW Club, specifically to fund their much anticipated European adventure next Spring. The trip, which is scheduled for the week of April vacation, will take 38 club members through a quartet of nations. After initially traveling to Amsterdam, the group will then go to Brussels, Germany, followed by Paris, France, before ending their trip in London, England. 

The club’s mission is to promote tolerance and diversity, as well as educate on the consequences of prejudice. Dedicated to giving back to the community both ethically and materially, they are currently in the process of completing food baskets to be donated to local families in need. During their trip, they will explore the various cultural and historic aspects of each nation, including the Eiffel Tower, the home where Miep Gies harbored Anne Frank and her family in Amsterdam and two concentration camps. 

“I’m grateful for this once of a lifetime opportunity we’ve been provided,” says senior Brianna Raposo. “The Durfee Christmas ornaments have been selling really well which means that many of the students will have less of a financial burden due to the trip.” 

Ornaments can be purchased through a member of the club, or from Mrs. Dunn in room 435. They will also be sold during the girls varsity basketball game at the Luke Urban Field House on Friday, December 12.