SEPTA Holiday Celebration
SEPTA Thrills Students with Annual Holiday Party
Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Santa’s elves, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer all attended the SWBOCES Special Education PTA’s annual holiday party to celebrate the season with Center for Special Services students and families.
Teacher Kathy Knudsen – one of the elves – told children and their families that the party registered only as “Barely Merry” on the Santa “Spirit Meter.” They would need to get to “Jolly Good” or “Full of Spirit” to convince him to join them in the gymnasium at the Rye Lake Campus.
“If we want Santa Claus to come, what you think we should do?” she asked them. “Maybe we sing some Christmas carols?”
They sang “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to boost their spirit. As they sang “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” St. Nick bounded into the room. He danced around the room, did the “Floss” and led a conga line to “Feliz Navidad.”
Later, SWBOCES students and their siblings lined up to speak with Santa. Each received a gift, from Connect 4 and monster trucks to Mr. Potato Head and gift cards. People purchased hundreds of raffle tickets for prizes that included an Apple iPad, a camera and many gift baskets. SEPTA also held a 50/50 at the event.
In addition to singing, dancing and eating goodies, children decorated cookies, colored and made crafts. They played games too, such as one where they had to throw “snowballs” in holes.
R.J. James, 14, of Peekskill looks forward to the celebration each year and enjoys seeing old friends and teachers there, said his mother, Yolanda Stewart. “This is a highlight for him. He’s super-excited about this,” she said.
Carmen Pucillo of Patterson attended the party with her son, 11-year-old Emilio. “It’s great. It’s very wonderful and warm,” she said. “It’s nice to feel welcome.”
Thank you to everyone who helped with the event and donated gifts!