Suffield Alight: Home for the Holiday

The Town of Suffield celebrated the holiday season with a self-guided tour along its beautiful Main Street District adorned in finery and alight on the weekend of December 12 to 13. Guided by the words of South African Anglican cleric, theologian, and human rights activist Desmond Tutu, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness,” members of the Suffield Academy community joined the town in spreading holiday cheer.

Among them was Director of College Counseling and Leadership Ann Selvitelli P’20, ’22 who is regularly involved in town activities and proudly owns a house on Main Street. She explained, “To share our spirit we decorated the front of Fuller Hall with a tree covered in ornaments and candy canes, broadcasted holiday music, and placed 412 luminaries to represent our entire student body, each luminary identifying a student’s name and home town. Joining me was a group of Suffield Academy juniors and one sophomore, including my daughter Hope, Ella Miller, Sophia Tosone, Jack Lynam, Tyler Milne, Cole Vandevanter, Gabriella Nunez, Ava Cieplinski, Jason Yuan, Steven Wang ’23, and Hailey and Kaitlyn Suller.”

Both day students from Granby, Connecticut, twin juniors Kaitlyn and Hailey Suller helped plan the school’s involvement and decorations and Hailey donned the Tony the Tiger mascot suit to entertain and greet all who passed by. Hailey commented, “I wanted to be there because I enjoy helping our local community. I handed out candy canes and happily posed for photographs while wearing the Tiger suit. This was such a fun event with the town green filled with inflatables and lights everywhere. There was a brightly lit fire truck and police car and even reindeer pulling an ambulance.” Kaitlyn added, “It was like walking through a Christmas wonderland complete with a horse-drawn carriage pulling Santa and Mrs. Claus up and down Main Street waving to everyone.”

As the 2020 year comes to a close and all members of the Suffield community celebrate the holidays safely at home, Suffield Alight stood as a beacon of hope for all to enjoy and remember.