Children Receive Gifts at SEPTA's Annual Holiday Party
SEPTA Thanks Volunteers for Helping with Holiday Party
The Southern Westchester BOCES Special Education PTA would like to thank all the staff members and volunteers who helped make the annual Holiday Party a great success.
Students and families had a blast at the Dec. 13 event at the Rye Lake Campus. They spent time decorating (and eating) cookies, coloring and making crafts, and playing games like snowball toss.
Phyllis Rizzi, principal of Tappan Hill School, and her staff were instrumental in planning the party, said Trish Banfield, a SEPTA Executive Board member. “They come out in full force each year to decorate, support the kids, emcee, supply gifts, DJ and morph into Santa, Mrs. Claus and Frosty the Snowman,” she said. “They also fill in the gaps where needed.”
Ms. Banfield also thanked mothers Hayley, Anne Marie and Nicole for volunteering their time.
At the party, children had to sing Christmas songs loudly and enthusiastically in order to convince Santa Claus – who was watching and listening via FaceTime – to visit. They succeeded after singing “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” Toward the end of the second song, Santa bounded into the auditorium and gave students high-fives.
Santa handed out gifts to all the SWBOCES students and siblings who were at the event. Families purchased raffle tickets to win prizes, including an iPad, a Party Projector and gourmet food baskets.
Ten-year-old Alexander Giacopello received a Thunder Tumbler remote control car and was happy with the gift. “It’s really a very sweet, very nice thing that they do,” his father, Paul, said of the SEPTA Holiday Party.
Teresa Guerrero of New Rochelle was at the event with her son, Emmanuel, who is 7. Ms. Guerrero said the party was wonderful. “I just love it. Everything is so nice,” she said. “Everybody is really friendly.”
Families purchased raffle tickets to win prizes, including an iPad, a Party Projector and gourmet food baskets. Hayley Mineard of Scarsdale, whose son Gabriel is a student, won the 50-50 raffle. She donated the $150 she won to SEPTA. SEPTA Executive Board members thanked her for her generosity.