Woodside hosts community Santa shop


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Most of the first-graders that performed in the holiday program Dec. 20 were set up in a chorus style and sang songs while something happened in the story.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Woodside first-grade students played the parts of Santa and Teddy at the holiday program Dec. 20, in which a family of bears learns the true meaning of Christmas.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Danta (left) and Bridgette DiMuzio had fun shopping, making crafts, and getting their faces painted at the community Santa Workshop at Woodside Elementary School Dec. 15.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Woodside Principal Dennis Rice played popular holiday tunes on his guitar for students at the first-grade assembly Dec. 20.


Woodside Elementary School, with the help of R.A.S. Total Home Solutions and the Youngstown Police Athletic League, hosted a community Santa Workshop Dec. 15 for children in Austintown. The workshop offered face-painting and a craft table, as well as a variety of goods offered at the Santa Workshop.

“We are hoping to see a really great turnout because the proceeds of this event will be going to help a local family in need,” said Amy Sopko, a PTA member at Frank Ohl Intermediate School. “There are numerous gifts, all under $10 and there is also a Chinese auction.”

Although many of the parent-volunteers were from Frank Ohl, Woodside Elementary School agreed to host the community event in its gym.

“Over the past few years, Frank Ohl hasn’t offered its students a Santa Workshop, so Amy and I came together and decided to make this event happen,” said Jim Sobien. “In the planning stage, we were made aware of a local family in need because the mother had to have emergency brain surgery in November. This event will help to offset some of the families’ costs from that.”

In addition to activities, the Santa Workshop also offered coffee, tea, doughnuts and cookies to people who came to support the event.

All the volunteers were excited to work hard to make the event a success.

“The Youngstown Police Athletic League is just so grateful and appreciative to R.A.S. Home Solutions, and in particular Rick Sopko, for all their help and involvement in organizing this event,” said Sobien. “This is so nice for the kids to have.”

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