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Wolfe School students love visit from ‘old Saint Nick’

Santa Claus, provided courtesy of UCPS Maintenance Department, hands a gift to a student during the UCPS Maintenance Department’s 17th annual Christmas party held recently for Wolfe School.

It wasn’t hard to tell when Santa arrived at Wolfe School Friday (Dec. 13, 2013).

The annual visit brought wild screams of joy from the approximately 70 special needs students who were anxiously awaiting his visit.

With his red sack hung over his back, Santa Claus (provided courtesy of UCPS Maintenance Department) entered the room with a hardy “Ho Ho Ho.”

Wolfe School Principal Mary Jo Breckenridge said the Maintenance Department does a “fabulous job throughout the year supporting us and the special needs children.”

“We want to thank the Maintenance Department from the bottom of our hearts,” Breckenridge added.

The annual holiday party always brings lots of enthusiasm for not only students, but the staff as well, she said.

Festivities, provided courtesy of the UCPS Maintenance Employee’s Organization, has been a holiday tradition now for 17 years.

It began in 1996, the brainchild of the late Tommy Laney, a technical supervisor with the UCPS Maintenance Department. He wanted to celebrate the children at Wolfe School and the staff who teach them. Approximately 55 UCPS maintenance employees were on hand for the event.

Every student had a gift specifically for him or her. Teachers and staff at Wolfe School gave suggestions to party organizers to help in the selection of each student’s gift.

The Maintenance Department raises money through its annual Ed Sweeney Memorial Golf tournament to fund this event, augmented with money from their own pockets.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Dec 20, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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