Milford High School students hosted children from Morris Early Childhood Center, The Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club and The Learning Center on Friday, December 23 during their 18th annual Santa’s Workshop Program. The children had a chance to visit Santa’s workshop, create tree ornaments with Mrs. Claus and even tell Santa himself what they wanted for Christmas. The children were escorted by elves that helped to paint faces, read books and interact with characters such as Clifford the Red Dog.
This was an opportunity for members of service clubs and career technical education students to give the students of Morris, Boys & Girls Club and The Learning Center the chance to experience seasonal activities. The high school students used the skills they have learned in class from designing the backgrounds, building toys and mentoring children.
“It’s all about paying it forward. There is nothing better than watching a five-year-old make a craft with the star quarterback of the football team. It’s a connection between kids-young and old-that represent our small town,” said event organizer and MHS teacher Molly Chorman.
The Milford High School has been putting on this production for years and has brought a smile to so many faces. Over 200 high school students and 22 teaches participated in the Santa’s Workshop Program this year, committing their time and talents to ensure that every child had a holiday experience. Hundreds of children from the Milford area enjoyed a great experience while looking up to the older students.
“Our high school kids are also just amazing in representing Santa’s Workshop. We have the idea but they pull it off, year after year,” said Chorman. “We stuff them into the most random elf costumes, give them an idea of what their station looks like, and then they just turn on. Our high school kids really are the stars of the show. We are so proud of our students.”
Chorman hopes MHS students take away the small town feeling of love and support. “We are all in this together and want nothing but the best for all of our students,” she said. “I hope a community connection is made and hometown roots are further strengthened. These kids matter to us and we appreciate them being a part of Santa’s Workshop.”
Each student went home with homemade cookies, books, wooden toys and some advice from Santa to always be good boys and girls. Chorman also hopes the elementary students feel the love of ‘buc pride’. “We made this day happen just for them. It’s the older kids passing the torch of buc pride onto the younger ones. May we all remember that we are milford.”
In addition to MHS staff and students volunteering their time and efforts, several community partners including Mid-Del, Tidewater Utilities, Cedarfield Ruritan Club, Wawa, Cracker Barrel and the Milford Lions Club made the annual event a success.
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