Pancakes and Kriss Kringle were the center of attention at the Breakfast with Santa event hosted by the Parent Teacher Student Association and held in the multi-purpose room at the Hamilton K-8 School Saturday, Dec. 9.
Despite a threat of another power outage, excited children and their parents and siblings enjoyed a warm morning of breakfast, crafts and photo opportunities with the jolly old elf, Santa Claus.
Photographer Joanne Salazar took photos of the children and families with Santa. Her camera sent the images wirelessly to a printer where Monica Arellano supervised their transfer onto high-quality photo paper for family keepsakes. The breakfast, crafts and pictures were all free with a PTSA membership.
The event was a huge undertaking by scores of volunteers and their hard work paid off handsomely, putting huge smiles on the faces of all in attendance.
“It was heartwarming to see all the children so excited to tell Santa what they wanted,” April Elizabeth Vollan said. “The food was delicious. Everyone was in great spirits from parents to staff. It was a delight.”
The Hamilton K-8 PTSA Facebook page issued the following statement, “We want to give a big shoutout to the awesome board members and parent volunteers. Breakfast with Santa was a huge success.”
Cherie Rodriguez and Erika Castillo were in charge of making hundreds of fluffy pancakes that morning. Vera Bailey, Krysti Jennifer Dunn and Leslie Linderholm served up plates and helped ensure the entire event went smoothly. Brooke Blackmore assisted and organized Santa’s long line of fans, each awaiting their turn to talk to St. Nick in person. Catalina Lopez helped with new PTSA memberships and answered questions about the organization. Brianne Hopkins was nominated to scurry all over town in search of more pancake mix, which was donated by Missy Carver Boulton of Missy’s Place BBQ and Cafe at the Community Hall.
“As a parent of a future student, we really appreciate what the school does,” Johnathan Schmidt, father of 3-year-old Evelyn, said. “The Salazars do so much, and we look forward to getting involved with the PTSA and the school in the years to come.”
For more information about the Hamilton K-8 PTSA and upcoming events at the school, follow them in Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/1958325670849439/.