UNION — He gave out presents but the best gift Santa Claus gave to the children attending “Story Time with Santa” this past Thursday was helping show them how much fun reading is.
Story Time with Santa was sponsored by the Union County School District First Steps program Thursday morning at the Community Center at 201 Porter Street in Union. Families with children ages birth to 5 years old were encouraged to bring their children to the event which was scheduled to include a visit by Santa Claus.
First Steps Executive Director Catherine Childers said Wednesday that the event drew approximately 45 children including children from the Bethel United Methodist Church Child Care Center, the Grace United Methodist Church Christian Enrichment Center, and from the community.
The event began with Childers leading the children and parents and other adults there in a sing-a-long of Christmas songs including “Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells.”
After the sing-a-long there was a crafts time where the children used white and red beads to make candy canes.
Refreshments were served next and the children and other adults got to enjoy a late morning snack of popcorn, grapes, and apple juice.
Next was the moment everyone had been waiting for as Santa arrived from the North Pole to do his part to entertain the children. He took a seat beside the Christmas tree and proceeded to read “The Night Before Christmas.”
Then, after finishing the story, Santa handed out a present to each child.
Childers said that the event was a success for both the children who enjoyed it, and for First Steps which she said hopes to use events like Story Time With Santa to encourage children to read.
“It was great,” Childers said. “One our goals in First Steps is to show the importance of reading of reading. What better way to show children how much fun reading can be by having a story read to them by Santa Claus.”
In addition to Story Time With Santa, First Steps also sponsors “Preschool Story Time” every week day. The Preschool Story Times are held on the following days, at the following locations at the following times:
Monday — Foster Park Elementary School — 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Tuesday — Union County Carnegie Library — 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday — Monarch Elementary School — 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Thursday — Carlisle Town Hall — 10:45 a.m.
Friday — Buffalo Elementary School — 10:45-11:45 a.m.
The programs are free and open to children ages birth to five years old. A parent/guardian must attend with the child.
For more information about Preschool Story Time at the respective locations, call the following:
Buffalo Elementary School — 864-429-1730
Carlisle Town Hall — 864-427-1505
Foster Park Elementary School — 864-429-1737
Monarch Elementary School — 864-429-1733
Union County Carnegie Library — 864-427-7140
For more information about Union County First Steps and the programs it provides call 864-429-1740, Ext. 134.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.