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Community rallies for Ethan School students' Christmas on Main event

“It’s just a lot of fun to see how much these students care about their entire community. Those kids worked hard for this, and they are always finding fun ways to give back,” said Samantha Beeson, owner of the Ammo Box and Grill on Ethan's Main Street.

Ethan High School students give a high-five to the reindeer on Sunday during Christmas on Main. (Sam Fosness / Republic)

A group of Ethan High School students helped get the community in the Christmas spirit on Sunday with a full slate of holiday events.

From a Santa Claus meet-and-greet to the parade of lights finale, Sunday’s event had the small community that sits about 10 miles south of Mitchell looking a lot like Christmas. EHS student Landen Brummett said that was the whole goal of bringing Christmas on Main to Ethan.

“Getting the community together for Christmas means a lot to us,” said Brummett, who was among the freshmen students behind the creation of Christmas on Main.

The event was created by EHS freshmen students enrolled in a leadership class instructed by Katrina Hostler. The family and consumer science teacher challenged her students to form an event that brings the community together, and Christmas on Main was the result.

Christmas on Main marked another community wide event that Hostler’s students have led. In May, Hostler’s students gave back to the small town by spending a day trimming shrubs at parks, picking up trash and sprucing up the community through volunteering.


Nearly every business on Ethan’s Main Street participated on Sunday with some providing supplies for everyone to make Christmas ornaments and serving as a location in the scavenger hunt. The Grinch also made a special appearance at the Ethan museum, while the American Legion had Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause greeting everyone.

Samantha Beeson was among the Main Street business owners who rallied around the students’ Christmas on Main. At the Ammo Box Bar and Grill, Beeson had tables filled with art supplies for kids to make holiday crafts during the afternoon hours.

Beeson said EHS students’ communitywide projects have helped create a sense of community pride in Ethan that’s spread beyond the school.

“It’s just a lot of fun to see how much these students care about their entire community. Those kids worked hard for this, and they are always finding fun ways to give back,” Beeson said. “It’s just awesome to see that and the businesses get behind it.”

For Ella Pollreisz, a freshman at EHS who helped create the event, seeing the community support for the holiday happening was a “meaningful” experience.

“We wanted it to be something that would impact everyone in town, and this definitely did” she said.

With the big turnout that the inaugural Christmas on Main drew, EHS freshman student Mariah Royston said she hopes to make it an annual holiday event for years to come.

To cap off the holiday happening, the town’s Christmas tree was lit for the first time this season followed by Ethan’s parade of lights.


A group of kids make Christmas ornaments on Sunday at The Ammo Box Bar and Grill in Ethan during the Christmas on Main holiday event. A group of Ethan High School students created the event to get the community together for the holiday season. (Sam Fosness / Republic)

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