Fa, la, la, la, la…

The Trapper Creek Job Corps volunteer choir brought holiday cheer to the Bitterroot Valley Wednesday, with a dozen members serenading people with carols in eight locations.

Harmony and enthusiasm by the singers spread smiles across the faces of listeners, especially when Darren Cordova sang a solo of Silent Night as Cecilia Bodily performed the song in sign language at the Bitterroot Physicians Clinic, part of Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.

Trapper Creek Recreation Specialist Clarence Ferguson brought Bodily, Cordova, Harley Brewer, Wachazi Foster, Cody Hedeen, Chelby Hinson, Cassy Howell-Craig, Ralph King Jacob, Karena Snider, Josiah Hadley-Taylor and Patrick Garza to serenade the community.

Job Corps is a national program through the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 to 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training at no cost to the students.

The Trapper Creek Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center teaches skills for students to become employable, independent, and prepared for meaningful jobs or further education. Trapper Creek opened as a Job Corps center in January 1966 and currently has 188 students studying, office administration, carpentry, natural resources, culinary, masonry, welding, and electrical. Students are supported as they study to earn their high school diploma.

In the 43-year caroling tradition, Trapper Creek Job Corps students traveled to Ravalli County Credit Union, Darby Ranger Station, West Fork Ranger Station, Farmer’s State Bank Darby Branch, People’s Market, Trail West Bank and First Security Bank.