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Wolfe School is wrapped in holiday cheer

Santa Claus was provided by Maintenance Coordinator Rick Benton.

It’s the same every year. A man dressed in a red suit, carrying a large bag filled with gifts, walks into the room and the shouts from the children can be heard a block away.

It was no different Friday (Dec. 19, 2014) at Wolfe School. The school’s approximately 70 students benefited from the annual holiday party given by the UCPS Facilities Department.

When Santa Claus (provided by Maintenance Coordinator Rick Benton) entered the room with a hardy “Ho Ho Ho,” the room came alive with exuberant shouts of excited children.

Wolfe School Principal Les Deming said the school looks forward to the event every year and appreciates the kindness of the Facilities Department, which is comprised of maintenance and facilities employees.

“You can see the smiles on the kids’ faces,” Deming said. “This event uplifts everybody, the staff, the students and their families. They look forward to this day.”

Facilities Director Don Hughes said Wolfe teachers give the Facilities Department a wish list from each child. About $50 is spent on each student. “We try to get exactly what each child asks for,” he said. “Sometimes they want games or toys; but sometimes they want a sweater or socks.”

The holiday party has been an 18-year tradition. It began in 1996, the brainchild of the late Tommy Laney, a technical supervisor with the UCPS Maintenance Department.

“This is giving back to the community,” Hughes said. “We’re here for them. That’s why we’re here. We’re here for the kids. This is our way of giving back. These kids are very special.”

The Facilities Department raises money for this event each year through its annual Ed Sweeney Memorial Golf tournament. The money for the event is augmented with money from a few other fund-raising events and from the employees’ own pockets.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Dec 19, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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