Students enrolled in the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School used their creativity to make ornaments and had a chance to read a book with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 18.
The morning and afternoon UPK classes, under the guidance of teacher Sherrie Everett and teacher assistant Mary Merritt, each had a surprise visit from the Jolly Old Elf and his wife prior to their busiest day of the year.
Gathering around the guests of honor, students told Santa what they wanted for Christmas and they were captivated and giggled with delight as Santa read a holiday-inspired book from the “Clifford” series.
Students kept with the holiday theme as they welcomed parents into the classroom for a variety of activities.
Alongside their family members, students made ornaments and frosted cookies.
The UPK program at APW provides an opportunity for children to develop academically, socially and emotionally.
Students enrolled in the program are given the freedom to experiment, explore, seek and question while learning to interact with children their own age and with adults in the building.
The program encourages students to reach their highest potential, fosters listening and communication skills and prepares them for the APW kindergarten program.