Santa Project back again


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December 9, 2014 9:02 AM

Santa will be at all elementary schools this week handing out presents to students from kindergarten to Grade 2 - File Photo

Starting today, Students from kindergarten to Grade 2 will have a special visit from the big man himself at Lloydminster schools.

The Lloydminster Kiwanis Club is back at it again, helping Santa Claus spread good cheer to younger students.

Shari Klenk, the president of the Lloydminster Kiwanis Club, said that Kiwanis members will be with Santa all week giving students a present during the holiday season.

“The Santa Project is something that the Kiwanis Club has been putting on for over 25 years,” she said. “We hand out presents to about 1,900 elementary students from kindergarten to Grade 2.”

In the present is a toy, some candy, and an orange.

“Santa will be helping out the Kiwanis Club hand out the presents to students this year again,” said Klenk.

“Every kid will get a chance to sit on Santa’s knee and ask him for what he wants this Christmas.”

On Monday night, Santa’s helpers and the Kiwanis Club members were busy working away preparing the gifts to be handed out to students all week.

“It’s through the Kiwanis Club, that we are able to go out and buy the presents for the students,” she said. “It’s through our fundraising efforts, like Arrest by Request and Million Dollar Hole in One.”

Asked why the Kiwanis Club continues the Santa Project year after year, Klenk said that it’s a fun week for the Kiwanis members who get to interact with the students.

“We find that some kids get very little for Christmas, so while the present that Santa and the Kiwanis Club hands out is small, the kids are very appreciative.”

Santa and his helpers will begin the Santa Project at Rendell Park Elementary School on Tuesday, and will end the week at Jack Kemp Community School.

Kiwanis is expecting to hand out 1,893 presents to students at all the elementary schools in Lloydminster.

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