Three years ago, board members of Colfax Community Preschool hosted a breakfast with Santa Claus partly as a fundraiser but primarily to encourage preschool families to interact outside school hours. What began as a one-time event has become a yearly tradition.
“It was such a big hit,” Tawnya Vry, 13-year director of Colfax Community Preschool, said. “When parents showed up at the event, they told us how excited their kids were, and they wanted to come back next year.”
The second year of breakfast with Santa, attendance grew to 160 people. Vry and the preschool board have planned for even greater numbers at this year’s breakfast, which will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Colfax-Mingo Elementary School. Attendance is free, but supporters of the school can make a donation at the door.
Board members have collaborated with local grocery stores to secure supplies to concoct a breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage. Colfax-Mingo High School students will assist the eight board members in serving the meal to earn community service hours.
“It’s great to interact with the kids outside of the classroom and get to know them better in a more relaxed environment,” Vry said.
Theresa Faidley, a photographer and member of the preschool board, will take pictures of children with Santa for $5.
“We are just very thankful for the elementary school’s support of this event and for everybody who comes to the event,” said Vry. “It will help support the preschool and its programs.”
Contact Phoebe Marie Brannock at 641-792-3121 ext. 6547 or firstname.lastname@example.org