Corpus Christi (KIII News) — On Sunday students from St. John Paul II High School kicked off their annual live nativity.

"Watching the live nativity," Corpus christi resident Kyle Reitmeyer said. "Brought our grandkids out tonight to see that."

For thirteen years the school has kept the tradition and Christ alive.

Kaitlin Owen, a senior, says this is her fourth time taking part and this year she plays Mary.

"The embodiment of Jesus Christ coming and The Holy Spirit coming into each one of us to show what his story is," Kaitlin Owen.

During the live nativity, students pose in different scenes depicting the birth of Jesus.

"We usually get a lot of positive feedback. Everyone tells us they really like it because they know how hard we've been working for it," senior and wise man Caleb Ybarra said.

Chemistry and Physics teacher Ryan Gutierrez said he rolled through on a scooter to support his students.

"I told them i would surprise them," Gutierrez said. "They're like no you're not gonna come. I'll come on the scooter. So that's why I told them I would come on the scooter. Plus it keeps them entertained while they're going."

The event was free but donations were gladly accepted.

Staff even helped pass out hot cocoa to keep people warm.

"It's quite nice you know it's quite unique to see these young kids doing that," Reitmeyer said.

Students will showcase the live nativity again on Monday Dec. 3 and Tuesday Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

"Get into the spirit of Christmas," Corpus Christi resident David Gaitan said. "Teaching our kids about Jesus and the whole, the real meaning of Christmas not just the gifts and Santa."

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