Milford High School students hosted children from Morris Early Childhood Center, The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club and The Learning Center on Friday, December 20 during their 20th annual Santa’s Workshop Program. The children had a chance to visit Santa’s workshop, play games 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 local school mascots.
This was an opportunity for members of service clubs and career technical education students to give the younger local students the chance to experience seasonal activities. The high school students used the skills they have learned in class to design the backgrounds, build toys and mentor children.
Organizer Molly Chorman states that Santa’s Workshop provides Milford High School students the opportunity to connect and positively impact younger Milfordians.
“This is a big milestone and this is the biggest senior class that we have had involved. Many emotions for many involved and it is our biggest crowd so far,” said Chorman. “I hope our students learn about paying it forward. They were Morris kids at one point and now they are working it. It allows them to understand the importance of giving back to the town that has given back so much to you.”
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.
“For the little ones I hope I hope it is small town roots starting to grow,” said Chorman. “They will be Buccaneers with us one day so and it starts on days like this. “
Around 90 students in the Agriculture Structures and Engineering class prepared 643 wooden toys to give to younger students and “went through a lot more getting to that point” according to Agriculture teacher Chris Stahl.
“They all learn how to use equipment safely and produce something from start to finish and at the end many of them had the opportunity to participate in this community service project,” said Stahl. “A lot of the students in the class had a high school student 10 years ago give them a toy at Santa’s Workshop, they are doing it today and in 10 years from now we will have a whole new set of kids making toys for another group.”
Each student went home with homemade cookies, books, wooden toys and some advice from Santa to always be good boys and girls.
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