Thomasville City Scholars Academy faculty and students are ready to spread joy with their second annual “A Visit With Santa” from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10 in the MacIntyre Park Auditorium.
The event is a fundraiser for the multitude of arts and academic activities that are an integral part of the dynamic offerings of the school system. The talents of the students will be showcased from the strings and drama departments to the Key Club and Builders Club and science project achievements. Academic teachers will offer their time by educating students on how Christmas is celebrated around the world and by assisting children in writing letters to Santa.
Desirée Celaya, Scholars Academy teacher, explains how parents will have the opportunity to purchase homemade cakes from the Scholars Boosters Bake Sale.
“The cakes are for purchase and can be enjoyed or frozen for later in the holidays and represent the families’ grassroots commitment to their children’s education,” said Celaya.
Other activities include stencil printing with the art teachers, mixing bags of reindeer food, and coloring pages for the younger visitors. Lego League has a new activity table and the Peer Leadership students have come up with new games for visitors to enjoy: Candy Cane Fishing, Pin the Nose on the Snowman, and Snowball Fight!
Along with the interactive activities, there has been a new addition called “Christmas Around the World.” This table will highlight how Christmas is celebrated internationally through middle school students’ designs of unique ornaments that reflect customs and traditions around the world.
Seventh grade social studies teacher Susanne Boykins-Rome discussed how the cultural display makes this visit more exceptional.
“It’s a special time of the year for love and to celebrate each other's unique ways,” said Boykins-Rome.
Visitors will also be able to view a full display of judged science projects at the Thomasville City Schools Science and Engineering Fair in the Multipurpose Room.
Science Fair Coordinator Jonathan Ariail contends that having science fair projects on display for the community allows visitors to see students’ real, hands-on science experiments.
“Displaying the projects also showcases the wide range of interests and talents of our students,” said Ariail.
As children enter the auditorium to visit Santa, the Rose City Strings classes will be playing from the balcony dressed in their favorite Christmas fashions. Their music will fill the auditorium with classic Christmas carols such as “Wizards in Winter,” “Carol of the Bells/ Greensleeves,” and “Sleigh Ride.” Not only will they be playing their strings instruments, but the 6th grade part of the department will be singing along to the music being played by the older students. Director Dr. Sally Hernandez was thrilled about the compliments of last year’s performance and feels that it will be more successful this year.
“We all had a lot of fun on the balcony and were pleased to hear that the people thought it was a recording playing!” expressed Dr. Hernandez.
Other musical guests include a student-formed independent band called “Stringonometry.”
Students from the drama and dance classes will offer photo opportunities and fun interactions with the characters from Frozen, The Grinch, magical sugarplum fairies, and lively reindeer.
Just as last year, children can enjoy ‘Storytime with Mrs. Claus’ and ‘Letters to Santa’ with English teacher Dawn Hunnewell -- with a special reminder that the letters to Santa must be taken home by each child so that Santa will receive them from the correct address.
The Scholars Academy faculty and staff are excited to show what they have to offer for the community and hope that the turnout will be even bigger and better.
“We hope that there will be even more people from of our community participating so that they can see that our volunteers enjoy the event as much as the visitors,” expressed Celaya.
“It’s nice seeing the kids all excited as they come in ready to visit Santa. I feel like this year will be even better knowing that we’ll have more to offer and that will be a plus for the children,” added Gina Bennett, Key Club Sponsor.
Admission is $10 per child and $5 for each additional child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.