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UCEC Hosts Annual Angel Tree Event for Pre-Kindergarten Students

UCEC's Reinhardt Beeslaar poses as Santa for the UCEC Angel Tree Event on December 5, 2013.

For the past month, Union County Early College Leadership Class students have been hard at work—decorating gift bags, painting scenery for puppet shows, creating decorations, and purchasing gifts. All of this hard work, planning and preparation was for the annual Angel Tree Event for Pre-Kindergarten students held December 5, 2013, at the South Piedmont Community College Conference Center.

With the help of Mrs. Janet Turner, UCPS Title 1 Coordinator, UCEC was able to sponsor 155 students from Sardis, Walter Bickett, Benton Heights, Union, East, Rocky River, Rock Rest, Marshville, and Wingate Elementary Schools. The students received a special gift that they had requested, along with an additional Christmas toy, coloring book, crayons, hat, and mittens. The children were treated to a puppet show, a skit, holiday songs, a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, and several elves!
The entire event was a great success, and everyone had a wonderful time!

Ms. Karen Pharr, Leadership Class teacher said, “This is such a wonderful, gift-giving experience for our students. I overhead several people mention that they were truly in the ‘Christmas spirit’ after attending the event. It was so rewarding to see both the Pre-K and the high school students engaged with each other. Everyone left the event in high spirits!”

UCEC students have sponsored pre-kindergarten students at this annual event since our school’s inception in 2006. The Angel Tree Event is a highlight for UCEC each year, and we believe that an important part of being a good citizen is giving back to our community.

Written by: Karen Pharr
Posted: Dec 19, 2013 by Sylvia Roldan

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