Season starts off merry and bright for seniors

Tigard High School Key Club members hang outdoor lights at homes
by: Barbara Sherman LIGHTING THE WORLD, ONE HOUSE AT A TIME — Tigard High School Key Club members, including juniors Paradee Wattana (left), Haley Holt, Marilyn Wallenburn and Taylore Hallam, drape Christmas lights over bushes at the King City home of Belle Wilden (in the background), while club advisor and THS psychology teacher Frank Caro helps out.

Every year, students in the Tigard High School Key Club volunteer to hang outdoor lights on seniors' homes in King City and Summerfield.

Following the publication of announcements about the project in the local newspapers, seniors sign up, and then students meet on an early Saturday in December to hang the lights; they return in early January to take them down.

Among the groups working this year were THS sophomore Tanner Ahl, senior Shannon Graham and sophomore Mitchell Davis, who hung lights in Summerfield.

The THS Key Club, which is affiliated with Kiwanis International, offers the program as a community service project.

Fifteen seniors signed up to have their houses lighted for the 2011 holidays, and the 18 students participating in the project met on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 3, ready to work.

Club advisor Frank Caro, who met up with the students in the parking lot of the King City Grocery Outlet, gave the students their instructions ("Don't get up on ladders") before dividing them up and figuring out the transportation logistics so everyone had approximately the same work load.

"Darn, I wish we had 30 kids - that would be perfect," Caro said.