By Anna Skinner
For the second year in a row, the 11 members of the Westfield High School Student Executive Board are hosting Cookies with Santa from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12. The event will take place in the high school’s cafeteria.
“This is our second year doing this. We started it last year, and we hope to make it an annual event in the community,” said Paige Penry, a WHS junior and member of the Student Executive Board. “The goal is to get it to grow bigger as the years go by.”
Funds raised from the school’s homecoming will help fund the event. Volunteers from student government will staff the event, and students and parents donate many materials used in the activities.
“We wanted to plan an event in the winter, but our goal was to involve the entire community, not just our school,” Penry said. “Somebody suggested an event where kids could meet Santa Claus, and it just snowballed from there.”
Along with Santa and Mrs. Claus pictures, there will be face painting, a cookie walk – similar to a cake walk but with cookies – a craft table, a Christmas movie, a lollipop draw, coloring pages and games.
The event is free, although the students are asking for those who attend to bring an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots.
“We created this event in order to provide a fun family event for the community. We thought it would be a fun event for the kids in Westfield,” Penry said. “We are encouraging people to bring donations for Toys for Tots; however, that is not the main focus of the event.”
Penry and the rest of the board have planned the event in its entirety from games to finding someone to play Santa. They also planned the music and entertainment and baked cookies.