Students get gifts for family members and visit with Santa
EAGLE LAKE, Maine — Students at Eagle Lake Elementary School got to chat with Santa Claus, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, when the jolly figure dropped in for a Christmas Party.
However, the occasion was not just about what the children may have wanted under the tree for themselves. Organized by the Eagle Lake Parent/Teacher Association, the event also featured a room full of gifts the students could select and wrap for their parents, step-parents or grandparents.
“It truly is a surprise for the parents,” said PTA member and event organizer, Morgan Wilson. Last year, she forgot that her own children had selected something for her. “I totally forgot,and I didn’t recognize the wrapping paper when I saw it under the tree.”
The gifts, including things such as glassware, home products and candles, were either purchased by the PTA or donated by local business and individuals.
“We also buy gifts after Christmas, when things are discounted,” Wilson said. “Then we save them for next year.”
Morgan and other PTA volunteers were on hand Thursday to help students “shop” for gifts and wrap them. Students also earned “Santa bucks” throughout the month, for doing good deeds or setting good examples. Children then used that make believe money Thursday to buy gifts for themselves, from another table.
Santa Claus handed out books, sleds and shovels to the children, who assembled in the school gymnasium after wrapping gifts for family members. Each staff member at ELES also received a gift from old St. Nick.
The PTA also donated books to the school library, Thursday. Popcorn was available and the students had some free playtime in the gym.
More than 20 students in kindergarten through grade two attended the holiday party.
“It’s another well organized and fun event put on by the PTA,” commented Principal Paul Michaud.