For the Children – Breakfast with Santa!


Alexandra Risi

This past week, Colts Neck’s “For the Children” hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa! The event has been occurring for many years, but unfortunately had to be canceled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Luckily, the club was able to get back on track with one of its most anticipated events this year, and the result was great! I worked to help set up and clean up and at the admissions booth during breakfast, so I got to see firsthand what a successful event took place!
One of my favorite aspects of Breakfast with Santa was the decorations. The entire Colts Neck High School Cafeteria was decorated like a winter wonderland, with a red carpet lined with snow leading into the room. Within the room, there were tons of different craft stations set up, and the smell of delicious pancakes filled the air. All of the volunteers looked so excited to help out and bring Christmas joy to a bunch of little kids! The senior section was redecorated to be Santa’s Workshop, complete with a tree, presents, and a real Santa! Ultimately, all of the hard work of the volunteers paid off, as the cafeteria looked truly magical!
As for activities, there were a multitude of things you could do while at breakfast! Breakfast was obviously served, including pancakes, syrup, and sausage links! Coffee and orange juice were also served. In terms of arts and crafts, there was a myriad of crafts to do, covering all children’s interests! Kids could write letters to Santa, make reindeer food or reindeer out of popsicle sticks, cut out their own handmade ornaments, and so much more!
The turnout of the event was substantial, and it was apparent that many families were able to bond and enjoy a joyful morning taking pictures with Santa and partaking in as many crafts as they could! The event was definitely a success, and FTC is pleased that it went so well. The money raised from all FTC fundraisers will go to “Save the Children”, an organization that works to provide children with a healthy and safe life, including access to education. As for future fundraising plans for the club, the next big event is their Gingerbread House Competition, which was a huge hit last year. The event will allow students to pick a team of up to five people and decorate a Gingerbread House during lunch in the auxiliary gym. Stay tuned for more information about this event, and what else FTC has in store for the upcoming year! If you’re interested in learning more about FTC, you can come to one of its meetings every other Tuesday at 8:05 a.m in the auditorium!