By TRAVIS HANDY
RADFORD-McHarg Elementary School in Radford had a celebration of the season over the weekend, offering students and parents an opportunity to join together for Breakfast with Santa.
The breakfast event was split into two time slots on Saturday morning, Dec. 15. The stage was set with Santa’s sleigh and a winter backdrop so pupils could have photos made with Santa after sharing their Christmas wishes. Tables were spread out across the cafeteria, where excited families shared breakfast before or after their turn with the jolly old man.
The school’s outdoor classroom was transformed into “Santa’s Village” for the day’s activities. The festively decorated outdoor space was accented by a Christmas tree decorated in ornaments made by students and its most recent addition, a playhouse built and donated to the school by Sams Brothers Inc., Building and Remodeling of Radford. The playhouse was a winning entry in Radford’s Christmas parade earlier this month.
Larry Sams, president of Sams Brothers Inc., was at the event on Saturday and said making the donation was an easy choice. He has one child who is a McHarg student and another who will be a student at the school in a couple of years.
“I decided since most of our work is in Radford and most of our customers are in Radford … I thought it would be a good idea to do something for the community,” said Sams.
The playhouse was decked out for Christmas and was used as a stopping point on the Christmas carriage ride, which took children and family members on quick jaunts around Santa’s Village. Sams was happy to see the playhouse already being put to use.
“It was definitely a true blessing to see everybody and everyone was so joyful to have it and the kids loved seeing the playhouse there,” he said. “It’s just a nice warm feeling to be able to see something like that.”
Sams also said great things about the school’s mission and ability to serve its students so well.
“It’s a close-knit community and I can’t say enough about how good McHarg has been for our oldest son, for one thing, and about the school in general,” said Sams. “They seem to genuinely care and take a lot of pride in teaching the students and just being there to meet all of their needs. I can’t say how appreciative I am for that … I know many of the teachers there personally and they’re just wonderful people with good hearts.”
The morning was full of smiles and laughter. Musical entertainment was provided by music teacher Sandy Findley and the Belle Heth Harmonies, who performed Christmas carols and other holiday tunes.