Exams are fast approaching and although most students are solely focusing on their studies, others are trying to balance finals with parenthood.
Students will have the opportunity to relax from the stresses of school and spend time with their children on Dec. 7 at the Humber Students’ Federation (HSF) annual Family Holiday Party at North campus.
“I think it’s a group of students (those with children) that gets forgotten about sometimes,” said HSF vice president of student life for North campus Ahmed Tahir. “A lot of events aren’t really directed towards students and their kids, so we purposely have this event every year and every year it turns out great.”
HSF will be providing children fun activities such as crafts, video games, a bouncy castle and a balloon artist. Not forgetting about the parents, massage stations will be available throughout the party, so they can enjoy themselves as well.
Santa Claus will also attend the holiday party to meet the children and give them gifts. However, parents must sign up for themselves and their children online to get on Santa’s present list.
“Some students don’t necessarily have that opportunity to get many presents for their children,” Tahir said.
Maria Muresan, a second-year paramedic student and a mother of two is grateful to know that there are events at school where she can bring her kids. This way the kids will think about school as a fun place where they can do stuff too and not just a place that takes their mom away from them, she said.
“Juggling school and motherhood is a really big challenge,” said Muresan. “The positive effect is that it makes me more organized, hardworking and committed to my goal. School takes my time away from my kids so I have to give it 110 per cent.”
The holiday event isn’t restricted to students with children, it also caters to students who want to spend some time with their family members.
“I think this party is a great idea, and especially that it’s free because not all families can afford a $10 or $5 entry fee at some of the Christmas parties. It might be a big stretch for some,” said Natalie Nichilo, supervisor of the Humber College Child Care Centre.
HSF’s Family Holiday Party will be held in the Student Centre at North campus on Dec. 7 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The festive party will be free for students.
Go to humberlife.ca to register and for more information.