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Annual Santa Breakfast helps children in Arlington classrooms


November 29, 2017 | View PDF

Santa will be raising money in December to help improve the classroom experiences of children attending Arlington schools.

The Second Annual Santa Breakfast will offer two seatings, the first is 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the second will be 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 2, at Presidents Elementary School, 505 E. Third St., Arlington. Tickets cost $15 and are available

The breakfast is a fundraiser for the Arlington Education Foundation that raises money to benefit teachers and students in Arlington schools. It takes place during the popular Arlington Hometown Holidays.

“Arlington loves its Hometown Holidays and we thought we should tie in with that event,” said Kim Deisher-Allen, member of the Arlington Education Foundation.

In addition to the pancake breakfast, photos with Santa and a hot chocolate bar, Tinkerbell and Captain America will make an experience.

“Who doesn’t like a superhero,” Deisher-Allen said. Anna and Elsa from Frozen appeared during the inaugural Santa Breakfast in 2016.

Money raised from the Santa Breakfast will go toward helping schools through the form of mini-grants. Teachers apply for mini-grants in the fall and spring. Recent awards benefited the elementary greenhouse and garden, the middle school greenhouse, purchased new microphones for Arlington High School, diverse books for second-graders and the preschool science center.

Deisher-Allen said in an email that the mini-grants allow teachers to purchase materials for their classrooms they would not normally be able to afford.

She added money collected during foundation events goes back into the schools.

The Arlington Education Foundation has doled out more than $57,000 worth of mini-grants to teachers working in the Arlington area.


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