Wolfe School gets visit from old Saint NIck

Dec. 21, 2012 @ 03:38 PM

Santa’s annual arrival at Wolfe School brought screams of joy, from the moment he walked into the room, red sack hung over his back.
Santa Claus, provided courtesy of UCPS Maintenance employee Rick Benton, entered the room with a hardy “Ho Ho Ho,” to the delight of approximately 67 exuberant special needs children.
The merriment, courtesy of the Union County Public Schools Maintenance Employee’s Organization, has been a holiday tradition now for 16 years.   
It began in 1996, the brainchild of the late Tommy Laney, a technical supervisor with the UCPS Maintenance Department. He wanted to celebrate the children at Wolfe School and the staff who teach them. Approximately 55 UCPS maintenance staff were on hand for the December 14, 2012, event.
Teachers and staff at Wolfe School gave suggestions to the party organizers in the Maintenance Department to help in the selection of each student’s gift. The Maintenance Department raises money through its annual Ed Sweeney Memorial Golf tournament to fund this event, augmented with money from their own pockets.
The late Ed Sweeney, who died December of 2008, was a big proponent of the Wolfe Christmas party and had been with it since its inception in 1996.
“The annual holiday party that the Maintenance Staff puts on for Wolfe School is the highlight of our year,” said Wolfe principal Mary Jo Breckenridge. “The students and staff are so excited. They’ve been talking about it for a week.”
Breckenridge said the morning of the celebration the excitement level is very high waiting for Santa Claus. “We would really like to thank the Maintenance Department,” she said. “They do a fabulous job throughout the year supporting us and special needs children.”

• This article was written by Deb Coates Bledsoe, Union County Public Schools Communications Coordinator and provided courtesy of the UCPS Communications Office.