PTO hosts 'Saturday with Santa'

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Fri., Dec. 20, 2013
Santa holds 10-day-old Savannah Joy Morneault. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Santa holds 10-day-old Savannah Joy Morneault. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The Staffordville School PTO invited the public to its holiday event, Saturday with Santa Claus, on Dec. 14 at the Staffordville School.

In addition to kids getting to visit with Santa, there were several types of vendors that offered holiday cheer. Families were sharing laughs and celebrating the season together while the PTO worked hard to raise money for the school.

A bake sale that provided sweet treats for all the guests, and a raffle table that provided many types of offerings, from food baskets to games. All proceeds went directly to the school for school supplies, assemblies, family fun nights and other costly ventures.

“The family fun nights are really fun for our families,” said PTO member Denise Myron. “We have a winter carnival, pizza party and many other family get-togethers that are totally free of charge to the families.”

The guest of honor was Santa himself. Children lined up to get the chance to sit on his knee and tell him their Christmas wishes. “I asked Santa for a sled and 'Skylanders,'” said Austin Goff. “'Skylanders' is a Wii game. I really want it.”

Abigail and Daniel Pucci sat on Santa’s knee at the same time. The brother and sister had their own list of requests for the jolly bearded man in the red suit. “I want 'Skylanders Swap Force,'” said Daniel. Apparently this game was among the top requests of the youngsters Christmas lists this year.

“I asked Santa for millions of horses,” said Abigail.

Stelina Miclette was one of the vendors at the event. “I make bracelets that are made of memory wire and beads,” said Miclette. “I have several people ask me to create something unique for them with the type of beads they choose. This would make a great Christmas gift for loved ones, so I figured I would rent a vendor space today. All of the money for the vendor spots goes directly to the PTO, so I knew it would be a great idea.”

At the far end of the gymnasium were two long tables that were set up for the children to color holiday pictures and make candy canes out of red and white pipe cleaners.

Towards the end of the event, one family brought their Christmas gift for Santa to hold. It was their 10-day-old daughter, Savannah Joy Morneault. Holding this newborn baby seemed to be a special gift for Santa himself.

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