Children and adults gathered last Saturday as Santa Claus visited the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. The annual Breakfast With Santa event was put on by Student Life and Leadership.
“We love to involve students with families as much as possible,” said event organizer Jenica Webb. “It gets kids excited for Christmas and gets student parents involved with a school activity.”
The air was filled with good smells and the electricity of excitement as the Culinary Institute served a breakfast of eggs, hash browns, sausage, bacon and pancakes to more than 300 people. The cost for breakfast was $3 for adults and $2 for children. Breakfast was served in the Copper Room of the Student Center, which is part of the cafeteria.
“It’s exciting to see Santa Claus,” Destiny Hobbs said.
“I came to eat breakfast and see Santa Claus,” EJ Hatch said.
While standing in line for breakfast, the kids were able to talk to Santa and Mrs. Claus, who mingled with the crowd.
“We enjoy being here every year,” Santa Claus said.
“We love seeing the kids,” Mrs. Claus added.
There was even an elf on hand for the kids’ entertainment.
“The kids loved the costume last year,” said Greg Sanderson, who dressed up as Buddy the Elf. “They ate it up so I was invited back this year. I get to talk to the kids and entertain them.”
Along with students who attend the school and their children, there were people from the community in attendance.
“My aunt works here, that’s how I know about this,” said parent Dwayne Hobbs. “I’ve been coming here for the last four years with my daughters.”
After breakfast, everyone went down to the Student Event Center where Santa had the kids sit on his lap and have their picture taken with him. Children were able to participate in activities such as making frames for their pictures with Santa, coloring Christmas pictures, letter writing to Santa and Christmas cookie decorating.
“This way everyone gets to enjoy Santa Claus at Christmas,” Jenica Webb said.