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SJVC Visalia Brings Whoville to the “Winter Wonderland” Display

January 14, 2021
header SJVC Visalia Brings Whoville to the “Winter Wonderland” Display

On December 11-13, SJVC Visalia participated in the Tulare County Sheriff Department Winter Wonderland, a festive drive-through display of lights, characters, and decorations; all proceeds support youth programs throughout Tulare County.


25,000 people drove through to view the Winter Wonderland display. Each group of participants created a unique theme for their space, and there was a contest for best design.


SJVC Visalia had a Dr. Seuss theme; each person created their costumes based on characters from the movie, “The Grinch who Stole Christmas,” featuring Whoville characters and The Grinch.


“We felt it would be a fun theme for children,” says Kerrie Liles, Dean of Student Services. “We decorated the Whoville set and the Grinch’s lair.”


A lot of work went into creating the display.


“Pop-up tents were used for the base of our sets,” Kerrie explains. “Then we built with cardboard, painted, and decorated the set with balloons and Christmas lights.”


SJVC Visalia was awarded a third-place plaque for their display.


“The other displays had themes that ranged from Christmas Under the Sea to the traditional Santa’s workshop,” Kerrie explains.


Participants from SJVC Visalia (pictured left to right) included Matt Carter, Faculty Coach (as The Grinch); Amanda Ogata, Academic Dean (as a Whoville character); Kerrie Liles, Dean of Student Services (as a Whoville character), and Patricia Bishop, Division Manager (as a Whoville character).


Other local participants in the Winter Wonderland event were Kaweah Delta Hospital, Tulare County Fire, Tulare County SWAT, Cypress Car Wash, Seven Oaks Church, KJUG, Home Depot, and many others.


Approximately $11,000 was raised during the event; the Visalia campus also donated $200.00 to the Police Activities League.


“We all enjoyed participating in the event,” Kerrie says. “The kids were really excited to see the Grinch. They lit up when they saw him peeking out of the Grinch’s lair.”


It was the first year the SJVC Visalia team participated in the Winter Wonderland event; they plan on participating next year as well.

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