The Winslow Township Education Association (WTEA) helped the children and parents of Winslow Township get into the Christmas spirit with their annual Santa Saturday on December 1st. Co-sponsored by the WTEA and the High School’s Home and School Association, the event has benefited Winslow Township High School’s Project Graduation for the past six years.
“This is our largest PRIDE event and a wonderful opportunity to bring the entire community together and celebrate such a special time of year,” says Tracy Quigley, PRIDE Chair for the Winslow Township Education Association.
To make it a true community event, WTEA invites families from all eight schools in the district as well as local daycare centers. Student volunteers work side-by-side with WTEA members to get everything in order. This year, children could have their picture taken with Santa Claus on a chair decorated by Quigley. WTEA also converted the teachers’ lounge into a calm, quiet environment so that special needs students could have their pictures taken with Santa.
After pictures, the children made bags of “reindeer food,” wrote and posted letters to Santa, made Christmas tree ornaments, and had their faces painted by art-student volunteers from Winslow Township High School. Mayor Barry Wright read “The Night Before Christmas” to the guests, and the Winslow Township Fire Department put on a puppet show about fire safety. There were snacks and homemade desserts. For those who wanted to do some Christmas shopping, vendors had their crafts and gift items for sale.
In the midst of managing the festivities, a young woman approached Quigley. She was a former student who had kept in contact through the years; Quigley had even attended her wedding this past summer. She was just taking a minute to say hello and thank you as her own daughter was off delighting in Santa Saturday.
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