The Edmond Sun

December 21, 2012

Orvis Risner hosts Winter Extravaganza

Santa passes out 680 gifts

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Students at Orvis Risner Elementary School witnessed a Winter Extravaganza as never seen before.

Students were assigned Bigs and Littles, four to a group. The Bigs took the Littles to play the carnival games in the various rooms and helped them on the inflatables in the school and gymnasium provided by New Covenant United Methodist Church.

Santa stopped by leaving presents for each of the 680 students. All of the student-appropriate presents was chosen with the help of the students’ teachers who collected money to purchase 200 of the gifts. The OU Medical Center donated 50 gifts and the members of Memorial Road Church of Christ donated 450 presents.

All of the presents were displayed at New Covenant next door to the school where the teachers picked out a gift for each child.

“The gifts were traditional, age-appropriate board games so the students could play games with their families,” said Principal Shana Perry, “or sports equipment to get our students moving.”

On Wednesday night the teachers were joined by New Covenant members and members from the First Baptist Church as each of the presents was wrapped.

“First Baptist helps our students with food baskets for the long breaks,” Perry said. “With their help we provide 80 food-filled backpacks each week and 30 food baskets over extended breaks.”

Fifteen parents logging 15 hours or more volunteer time each were given blue S.W.A.G. Master T-shirts before Perry read “Thank You, Mr. Falker,” by Patricia Polacco.

Presents didn’t stop with the students who also received a mitten with an eagle on it from the PTA. Each teacher received one of Polacco’s books from the administrative staff and a lanyard with the name of the teacher and an 8 ounce bear-shaped jar of honey from a local distributor, Chitwood Farms.

The honey was appropriate because in the book Perry read to the students Polacco wrote, “... honey is sweet, so is knowledge ... .”