Five young artists have been chosen as winners of the 2021 Shelby Township Christmas Coloring Contest and are sworn in as “North Pole Ambassadors” to kick off the 2021 township Christmas season.
The winners were chosen from over 150 colorful and creative entries. The process to nominate Shelby Township’s North Pole Ambassadors included a coloring contest for children in Kindergarten to Grade 2. Participants submitted their work to the Shelby Township Library and a panel of judges selected five submissions.
The Ambassadors will represent the township as they hand over the official township key to Santa Claus at the Christmas Aglow event at 7 p.m. on December 2 at the township campus at 52700 Van Dyke Ave.
In addition to their duties as ambassadors, the winners of the competition, Jimmy Kuntz, Damjan Spirovski, Maya Fattah, Adea Hasanagic and Lauren Bryant, received official ambassador certificates after being sworn in by Township Clerk Stan Grot during the ‘a ceremony on November 23 at Shelby Town Hall.
“I want to thank Clerk Stan Grot and our community relations department for organizing this,” township supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “Seeing the children enjoy the Christmas season is always one of the highlights of the holidays. After seeing the Ambassadors during their swearing in, Clerk Grot did his part for these children and their families.
“We had a record number of entries this year, so we could have had 165 winners,” said Brad Bates, director of community relations. “Unfortunately, the Aglow stage is not large enough to accommodate everyone, but the five selected artists will represent our community as North Pole Ambassadors.”
The Aglow, Shelby Township’s biggest Christmas event and tradition, will be bigger, better and brighter than ever, thanks to a partnership with the Shelby Township Downtown Development Authority. Courtesy of DDA, an addition this year will be a 34-foot Christmas tree and a better welcome for Santa as he makes his first stop to greet the township.
“Our North Pole ambassadors have important jobs,” Grot told the ambassadors after the ceremony. “They represent all the children in our township and must show Santa that we have the best children in the whole world.”
“The DDA discussed ways to attract more people to the township and celebrate our community and local businesses,” said DDA President Greg Gagnon. “It’s only natural that we are starting this with the township’s biggest holiday event at Aglow. You won’t want to miss the Aglow this year. He’s going to be bigger than ever. But, once people drive to see the lights, they will also see all the big little businesses that we have along Van Dyke Avenue.
Prior to the official lighting of the township Christmas tree, the Aglow presents the Eisenhower High School Choir performing Christmas carols and the township “North Pole Ambassadors” presenting Santa with the key to the township. Photos with Santa Claus will then be available in the Hope Chapel until 8:30 p.m.
“Thanks to the hard work of our Parks, Recreation and Maintenance and Community Relations staff, we have a great live Christmas event to showcase our community,” said Township Administrator Lucia Di Cicco , which sits on the DDA. “It is an honor for the DDA to be part of this tradition and to make it even more enjoyable for our families.
In addition to traditional favorites such as hot chocolate, children’s crafts at Kris Kringle Castle, roasting marshmallows and the ‘Holiday Express’ train display, the Aglow 2021 has improved Christmas displays for photos. and family memories.
For more information, contact the Shelby Township Parks and Recreation offices at 586-731-0300. For details on all Shelby Township Christmas programs and events, visit shelbytwp.org/Christmas.