NEW CASTLE – Santa arrived and there were presents, food and happy faces of big and little kids at the party for Craig County Head Start children on Dec. 18.
Members of the Craig County High School’s Future Business Leaders of America and the Beta Club put on the party. The FBLA has been doing the shopping and putting on the party for about 30 years now for the younger children.
Because of costs associated with the event, the FBLA last year invited the Beta Club to help. In the fall the Craig County Child Care Center became a partner agency with Head Start.
The FBLA is sponsored by Wanda Reynolds and Stephanie Taliaferro, and the Beta Club, by Kurt Kramke.
With generous donations from the club members, the high school students bought gifts for each child in the Head Start program, as well as for siblings who attended the party. Sponsors ordered the gifts so each child would receive the same gift.
The children enjoyed refreshments served by club members, while waiting anxiously for the arrival of Santa to hand out their presents.
Originally, the party was scheduled for the week before, but was rescheduled because of a power outage to the schools when a cut tree fell on the main electric line to the schools.
– Andrea Wood