St. James Catholic School hosts Santa Shop for students

It’s that time of year for parents to begin Christmas shopping, but what about having your kids shop for you?

At St. James Catholic School a Santa Shop took place, making it possible for every parent or member of the family to have something under the tree.

St. James Catholic School hosts a Santa Shop every year for their pre-k through sixth grade students to shop for their family members.

Tiffany Taylor, who is in charge of the Santa Shop, tells News 25 not only does the shop encourage students to give back, but also helps them learn how to budget money. “We send home an envelope with the kids that list the parents and whoever they want to shop for. They can fill in extras and the parents send in whatever amount they want for their child to shop and then we all just kind of help them pick gifts.”

Volunteers are also at the shop to wrap the children’s gifts for them to take home. Santa’s helper Monica Dardeau said, “These kids look forward to this each and every year because it truly is their one time to come in and be a secret Santa and give their family member something completely unexpected.”

Profits from the Santa shop are spilt equally among facility and staff as part of their Christmas bonus.

Sixth graders tell News 25 the Santa Shop is a way to show appreciation to their parents for all they do for them and how much they will miss the Santa Shop considering this is their last year to shop. “They made us and all that, year like raised us. We need gifts for them.” “We’ve enjoyed this experience a lot. It was really fun throughout the years.”

Another tradition St. James Catholic School has is its annual Christmas program, which is December 14th and 15 in the gym. The program begins at 7 p.m.

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