Elementary school students help city usher in holiday season
A total of 109 third-grade students from Clearview and Thomas Jefferson elementary schools may well have saved Christmas around Bethlehem City Hall this year.
Mayor Robert Donchez, who is busy running the city, didn’t have time to make ornaments for his official Christmas tree. Thankfully, these youngsters stepped up and stepped in by creating their own ornaments for the tree decorating.
“They were given the responsibility of decorating an ornament that will represent them, their school and the city of Bethlehem,” said Beverly Bradley, president of the Cop ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literary Program, which sponsored the event.
The kids then ventured to city hall on Nov. 30 to present the ornaments, meet city officials and enjoy a tasty lunch and even a scrumptious holiday treat or two. While the weather outside was frightful, it didn’t deter the children from having a good time.
Word about the kids’ super save made it all the way to the North Pole and its most famous couple - Santa and Mrs. Claus. So impressed by this act of generosity, In spite of rigorous schedules, Mr. and Mrs. Claus made a special trip all the way to Bethlehem to attend the event. Santa was introduced with much fan fare, including holiday music by the Liberty High School Grenadier Band. He then met personally with several children who made gift requests after informing him that they, in fact, had been “nice” this year instead of “naughty.”
Santa informed the audience that Mrs. Claus “has been getting on me about my weight” and in response, his cook intake has been curtailed. Hence, Santa said it would be all right by him if the children left him a few cookies on Christmas Eve.
Five students were selected from the two schools to be the mayor’s assistants for the lighting of the Christmas City Tree Nov. 23. From Clearview the students were Sabrina Castro, Franki Cobbs and Ariana Nesimi, and from Thomas Jefferson, Jeanna James and Lorraine Schenkel.
Student-athletes from Moravian College and members of the Bethlehem Police Department also attended the event.