Festivities for all ages involves the entire school community
Warwick, RI, [December 21, 2009]: The Christmas season began for the children of St. Peter School when Santa arrived for a surprise visit during the Macy*s Believe Campaign Letter Writing Challenge and Santa Bus Tour. St. Peter School was the only school selected in Rhode Island for the visit. Over 170 students wrote a letter to Santa on specially decorated paper and deposited them in Santa’s red mailbox at Macy*s during a ceremony recognizing the school. Macy*s pledged to give $1.00 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation for every letter written.
|Photo 1: Students wait along the school yard fence for a visit from the Macy*s Believe Campaign Santa|
The following weekend, over 100 families gathered in the St. Peter Church Hall for Breakfast with Santa and special reading of A Polar Express by ABC 6 anchor, Allison Alexander.
|Photo 2: Students in their pajamas sing carols along with the piano during Breakfast with Santa|
|Photo 3: Preschoolers from St. Peter School listen as ABC6 personality, Allison Alexander reads A Polar Express at the school’s Breakfast with Santa|
The next day, the school community gathered for the Annual Christmas Concert. Children in all grades performed during the concert. As a finale, the teachers performed a special holiday dance to resounding applause. Over 500 members of the community attended to enjoy this very special performance.
With voices ready, students in grades 1 through 4 gathered the very next day to serenade Warwick’s Gaspee and Pawtuxet Village neighborhoods with Christmas Carols. Thankfully, the weather was brisk but dry and over 27 parent volunteers walked with the students and helped prepare and serve hot chocolate and baked goods when they all returned to campus.
|Photo 4: A group of St. Peter School students gather at an elderly neighbor’s door to serenade her with Christmas Carols.|
|Photo 5: (L-R) Ella Centracchio, Myles Walsh and Thomas Sullivan, First Graders at St. Peter School clown around while singing Christmas Carols in Warwick’s Gaspee and Pawtuxet Village neighborhoods.|
Back at school, the elves (aka parent’s association) were busy preparing for Christmas Fun Day! On Friday, the students enjoyed holiday shopping, a penny social, a special lunch, crafts and games.
|Photo 6: There was no snow yet, but preschooler, Ava Rataic, builds a snowman out of felt during St. Peter School’s Annual Christmas Fun Day.|
|Photo 7: (L-R) Kindergartner’s Aidan Moreira, Sean Gallagher, Olivia Tracy, Aaron Narcavage and Lily Bastia catch Santa in the hallway during St. Peter School’s Annual Christmas Fun Day.|
The Christmas festivities culminated with the Student Council’s Outreach Committees annual sale of Candy Cane Grams; candy canes with special notes delivered to friends, siblings and favorite teachers. Over 400 “Grams” were sent with the profits being used to buy gifts for a local needy family for Christmas.
|Photo 8: Members of the St. Peter School Student Council Outreach committee delivered over 400 Candy Cane Grams during December to raise money to benefit a local needy family’s Christmas gifts.|