Santa Breakfast serves more than 350 people

Santa’s servers at the Breakfast with Santa were (from left) Jessica Barnett, Penny Viskocil, and Shelly Narum. For more photos, click on the blue button at the right. (Wade Young Photo)


More than 350 people had breakfast with Santa last Saturday, Dec. 1 in Montgomery.
The Breakfast with Santa holiday event, sponsored by TCU Early Childhood, had been previously held at the Hilltop Hall for several years until the increased attendance forced coordinators to come up with a new location. Jen Jaros, co-coordinator, said the use of the Commons Area of the new Tri-City United High School was a perfect choice. The area, which is usually used for student lunch hours, seemed to be a perfect fit, with the kitchen in near proximity.
“The timing was right! We had a brand new facility that we were excited about showing it off!” Jaros said. We know that our population of young people is growing and we were happy to have such a large accommodating space for our event. With the addition of the Le Center community, we planned to have a larger crowd, and we sure did!”
The school district combines students from Montgomery, Lonsdale and Le Center, and Jaros was hoping to draw some Le Center families to the annual outreach event. She said they didn’t see a lot of people from Le Center, but they served 100 more people than last year.
“We hope that friends from Le Center will tell their friends what a fun time they had,” Jaros said. 
The co-coordinator said the event was a hit. She added that people were excited to see the new high school, as well as Santa Claus.
“At 10:30 a.m. the line to see Santa was deep because who doesn’t want to see Santa?” Jaros said.
  The breakfast included pancakes, sausages, orange juice and coffee. In addition, children could also do many fun and simple holiday crafts, as well as listen to holiday stories.
“It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning,” she said.
Jaros thanks the TCU Early Childhood staff, principals Alan Fitterer and Dave Dooley, and members of the Early Childhood Advisory Council.
Jaros reminds families that the TCU ECFE brochure for the winter/spring will be included in the TCU Community Education brochure for the first time. Watch for it in early January.