Lincoln School PTA ran it’s annual nonprofit Holiday Shop for students differently this year. Instead of being held during the school day for a week in December, with classes
taking turns for students to buy inexpensive gift items for their families, it was combined with other activities on a Saturday afternoon.
“I think it went really well and we will continue to do this for years to come,’’ PTA President Leslie Klaver said.
The 2019 Lincoln Family Holiday Event included a Holiday Shop with elves to assist young shoppers in the gymnasium. There, students could make gift tags at a craft table and have their gifts wrapped for free with wrapping paper donated in advance by Lincoln School families.
Children could play four holiday games during the event. Photos with Santa Claus were available in the Recess Room with Newark High School senior Javier Vazquez.
Cookie decorating in the cafeteria utilized cut-out cookies made by Lincoln PTA secretary Kathy Eckert’s “Spirits of Tomorrow” 4-H Club members.
Wendy Beman and Alicia Vazquez from the Newark Public Library read holiday stories in the music room, which was darkened and featured a crackling fire video on a screen. Holiday movies were screened in the Flex Room.
Principal John Ginter and pre-kindergarten teacher Elaine Erb served hot cocoa with marshmallows and candy canes in the foyer as children and their families arrived. There were raffles for artificial and real Christmas trees.
Klaver and PTA treasurer Amber Benedict said they heard good comments about the event being held on a Saturday and added there were other activities for children that didn’t want to shop.
“It is a very family-friendly event and we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback,” Benedict said.
Klaver thanked the six Lincoln staff members, eight NHS student volunteers and family volunteers for their help.
“We’d also like to say a special thanks to Kathy Eckert,” she said. “Kathy did a lot and without her, this event would not have been possible.”
Ginter was delighted with the success of the event.
“This was a tremendous opportunity for our Lincoln school families, and I am so grateful for the PTA for putting it on,” he said. “I am thankful for all of the volunteers and staff that made this a special event for the families. We look forward to this becoming a new holiday tradition at Lincoln School.”