This is the second year the city of Geneva and GHS students are working together to make downtown Geneva even more special for the Christmas Walk. About 20 students offered their time this Friday evening to stand in store windows and become live mannequins to direct more attention to the shops.
Senior Melissa Barber and freshman Megan Rush recruited friends and fellow students to choose a shop and work with the store owner on what they would like portrayed in their window.
"I was a volunteer intern this summer with the city of Geneva. When they told me about the live mannequins, I was, like, 'Sure, I'll help,' " Barber said.
Barber and her friends Kelly McCaffrey and Elaina Wright will be in The Crystal Bride window from 7 to 9 p.m.
"It sounds like fun," added McCaffrey about being asked. "You don't get to do this everyday."
Wright eagerly volunteered.
"I watch Say Yes to The Dress religiously, so when I heard it was The Crystal Bride, I asked if I could do it."
Ellen Divita, Economic Development director for the city of Geneva, came up with the live-mannequin idea during the 2009 Geneva Student Government program.
"I took student Alexis Weber for a walk on State Street to get the 'pulse of the street.' While in The Crystal Bride, the idea just came to me as a way to increase traffic on State Street on Friday of Christmas Walk."
The idea was offered to businesses, and GHS students were thrilled to get involved. It was such as success that this Friday will be the second Christmas Walk with even more live window displays on Third Street.
Be sure to check out the following stores and give a friendly wave and smile to the students volunteering their time to make the Christmas Walk come to life:
Anew, Cradles & All, The Crystal Bride, Geneva Jake's, Good Cents Children, Great Harvest Bread Company, Halsa Aromatherapy, Hot Heads Salon, Merra-Lee, Proud Fox, State Street Jewelers, Strawflower Shop, Town & Country Gardens, and Wild Roots.