The Shaker High School and Junior High School German Clubs held an event on Wednesday, November 16 to celebrate Martin’s Day, an annual holiday that the German people observe on November 11 each year. The holiday honors Martin de Tours, a Roman soldier who is remembered today for his compassion and generosity.
Students from the junior high school and high school worked together in the weeks prior to the event to craft and decorate lanterns that are a traditional part of the German celebration. They prepared a presentation and a performance to teach the community the legend of Martin.
The celebration was attended by approximately 65 Shaker students, parents, siblings and extended family members. After learning about St. Martin and typical German customs associated with this holiday, the students sang a popular song in German, which continued outside for the parade of lanterns around the football field.
To keep Martin’s spirit of generosity and care for others alive, a collection for the Shaker Junior High food pantry was started and continued through November 22. The Martin’s Day celebration was a huge success and will continue to be an integral part of Shaker’s German language program in the future.