The holiday season is a time of joy and connection with people. This year’s Coffee House, which happened on November 30, brought over 150 members of the community together for a very special night in preparation for winter break. Coffee House is an annual fundraiser held by the Me to We club, featuring talented student performers as well as complimentary food and drinks.

This year’s event saw the largest attendance to date and a wide range of sponsors to provide the food. “Coffee House is about establishing community and bringing people together,” said Lucas Hung, grade 11, emcee and project coordinator. “[The event aims] to bring together members of the school community and from our community, but also to recognize that we’re from a global community as well,” added Hung.

Tickets were $5 for students and $10 for adults. Rafiki bracelets were available for purchase by the entrance for $10. Doors opened at 6:30, and the event began at 7:00. The successful night wrapped up at 9:15, with a group sing along of “Riptide” by everyone who had performed on stage. Coffee House pulled in a total of $930 that went towards funding education for children in Tanzania.

In addition to Hung, Jiwon Hwang, grade 11, Aileen Zhang and Isabel Wang, both grade 12, Susan Priestly, home economics teacher and Kathryn Welsh, languages teacher, helped make the event possible. “People were really excited. [Hung] and [Hwang] really lead the campaign in terms of getting our spirits up, publishing and advertising the event, and running efficient meetings,” said Welsh.

“I think it just spoke to most people; being students and being firm believers in school systems and educational rights, that is where [our decision] came from,”added Welsh. Priestly has been a long time supporter of Coffee House, and consistently provides baked goods from her senior class.

“We did 100 cupcakes last year, and then I found [out] it was way too many cupcakes, so we just did cookies and snacks [this year],” laughed Priestly. “It’s about community and giving back, and people donate too so they pay their $5 or $10 at the door and then make a donation,” concluded Priestly.