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Secret Shopping Trip

Wheeling Country Day students ‘shop’ for loved ones

December 18, 2013
By REBECCA OLSAVSKY Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Holiday shopping is for all ages.

Wheeling Country Day School's Parent Faculty Association held a Secret Santa Workshop for students on Monday. An annual activity, the workshop gives students the opportunity to shop for loved ones.

Danielle Cross McCracken, WCDS director of advancement, said although the event is a PFA fundraiser supporting things such as special projects and field trips, it is also "a really fun activity for kids."

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Heather Kalb assists second grader Mela Baranik with Secret Santa shopping. On Monday, students at Wheeling Country Day School attended a Secret Santa Workshop to shop for loved ones.

"It gives kids the chance to independently pick out presents for special people in their lives," McCracken said.

She added the workshop serves as a reminder to students of the importance of thinking about others.

"It promotes giving," McCracken said. "A lot of the joy of Christmas is not just to receive but to give."

As parent volunteers bought the supplied gifts and were present to assist students with shopping, McCracken believes the Secret Santa Workshop illustrates the community aspect of WCDS.

Tables of gift selections included ties, crossword puzzle books, first aid kits, flashlights, calendars and cookie cutters, among many other items. Groups of students entered the workshop throughout the day.

In addition to Monday's event, WCDS will also hold other holiday festivities today.

During the day there will be a Whoville Feast inspired by "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." According to Julie Cartwright, WCDS cook, the menu will include Whoville pudding, carved roast beast, Cindy Lou Who cider and other food. WCDS alumni and former teachers are invited to attend the lunch.

Cartwright is already considering a "Peanuts"-themed meal for next year.

This evening, students will present a play featuring a spin on "The Wizard of Oz." Having assisted in writing the play, WCDS fifth graders can take ownership beyond the performance aspect.

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