Children at Kids Crew received an early Christmas treat as they and their families had breakfast with Santa Dec. 11 at the child-care center at the LaRue County Board of Education.
“In years past Kids Crew has prepared a musical where the children spend all month learning songs and then we perform them for family and friends during an evening event,” Stephanie Ash, Kids Crew director, said. “The Breakfast with Santa is much less formal and more laid back than the musicals were.”
“There is no need to put the children through hours of practice and dealing with stage fright, just a relaxing breakfast and the chance to sit in Santa’s lap. It makes for a much more enjoyable time for everyone involved,” she continued.
The idea for the breakfast was born when Ash thought about how nice it would be to simply invite families to the center for the meal and allow the children to visit with Santa, then provide materials to make ornaments if they so choose.
“The holiday musicals were always so stressful and the children were put under too much pressure,” she said. “This way, everyone is much more relaxed and can actually have fun.”
Her staff invited all the parents or guardians of the children to attend and see their young children having fun eating with Santa.
“Research suggests that family involvement is a key component to children’s success in school as well as in life. All children want to feel pride in themselves and in their families,” Ash said. “This feeling of pride can directly influence how a child feels about himself.”
Ash added that, according to studies completed on the importance of involvement of families, children who have had families actively involved in their education generally have better grades and attendance throughout school as well as a more positive attitude and behavior.
“Families get a better confidence in themselves and the educational process when they are involved in their child’s education,” she said. “When we have a special event, we always invite the families to join us. It’s very important to us to communicate the importance of families in the lives of children.”