NEW HAVEN — A visit with Santa, crafts and a free book to take home were all a part of the New Haven Elementary School’s Christmas Family Night recently.
Upon arrival, families were put into holiday groups including snowflakes, snowmen, stars, trees or mittens. Each group then had a schedule to visit various stations.
A highlight of the evening was a visit to the dome theatre mobile planetarium. While the school classes visited various programs in the theatre during the day, from space to dinosaurs, the family night presentation was on the Christmas star, according to Principal Stacy Bissell.
A Christmas book was read by Bissell in one station, and teachers Kathy Baker and Angelia Gilkey led the families in making snowmen in another.
Snacks were served by members of the school’s P.T.I., and each child had the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap to give him their special list. Teacher Mary Poole assisted Santa in her elf suit.
Another teacher, Lorie Grimm, was available to help the children pick out a free book to take home to ensure a new bedtime story.
The school has held the Christmas event for the past several years.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.