Christmas comes to Chester students

CHESTER, Pa. - December 19, 2008 The kindergartners at Chester Community Charter School welcomed Santa with a song and hugs, as his elves handed out gifts.

Simone got just what she wanted: makeup, a doll and a game.

Teachers had their kids write letters to Santa. Then armed with Wal-Mart gift cards worth hundreds of dollars, donated by the schools founder, they made their lists and checked them twice.

"They really do appreciate everything that we do and it's an honor for me to do this for them," kindergarten teacher Micca Lane said.

Santa has been really busy in Doylestown today, visiting two campuses, six school buildings, and for 2,400 children.

The school says the overall cost is $43,000. But for these children, many of whom come from families who can't afford presents, the boost to their spirits and self-esteem is priceless.

"Every year I swell up to see my students so excited and so happy and to get to be the kids they deserve to be," Principal Christine Matijasich said.

Indeed, it's the most wonderful time of the year.

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