Santa Claus comes to town Children and staff attend a holiday celebration with Santa and his elves

Former principal April Scott catches up with guidance counselor Jessica Coscia’s husband Grant and son Bishop. Scott continued her tradition of dressing up as Mrs. Claus for this holiday celebration. Photo by Alyssa Hui

Students from MVHS drama program wait outside for Santa to arrive via fire truck. The students dressed in elves' hats and holiday sweaters to greet the families. Photo by Alyssa Hui

Mrs. Claus greets Mr. Claus (former school resource officer Lee Hickenbotham) as he steps out of the firetruck that escorted him with full sirens to the bus loop. Firemen wave from the truck as they drive away after dropping off Santa. Photo by Alyssa Hui

Decorations outside the Black Box theater guide MVHS staff members and their children inside, through a path of candy canes leading to the decorated theater complete with a Christmas tree, presents and artificial snow. Photo by Alyssa Hui

Junior Evan Connor takes on the role of an elf as he sits on a couch by the fireplace, prepared to read books such as Charlie Brown to the children. Photo by Alyssa Hui

Junior Naomi Hahn helps the children decorate cookies with icing and sprinkles, one of the multiple activity stations set up for kids at the holiday party. Photo by Alyssa Hui

English teacher Elly Brown’s daughter plays in the fake snow that fell from the upper level in the theater. Made of cotton fluff and white sprinkles, the children got a small experience of a white Christmas. Photo by Alyssa Hui

Junior Rachel Millar works at the craft station assisting the children. The table was filled with pipe cleaners, glitter glue, bubbles and Sharpies to make a variety of crafts such as candy canes, snowflakes and Christmas trees. Photo by Alyssa Hui

Santa Claus sits on the chair, a part of the Christmas display, which imitates a living room with gifts under a Christmas tree, a fake fireplace decorated with stockings and candles, lights for a cozy vibe and couches for seating. Photo by Alyssa Hui

Junior Daniel Schie teaches the children how to play dreidel using chocolate kisses as game pieces. A Hanukkah station was decorated a menorah, Hanukkah cards and a paper with the key for what the Hebrew letters mean on the sides of the dreidel. Photo by Alyssa Hui

Football coach and paraeducator Ceazar Agront accompanies his child, Leonidis, to see Santa Claus as his son is greeted with a present. Melanie Agront tries to get her son to smile for a picture with Santa. Photo by Alyssa Hui

Photography teacher Tyler Cripe sits with his son as he unwraps a present from Santa, containing a complete collection of “The Land Before Time” films to watch. Photo by Tabitha Mendez

Micah and Jonah Satterthwaite, sons of Journalism teacher Julia Satterthwaite, add sprinkles to their frosted cookies together at the cookie decorating station before moving on to the other festivities. Photo by Tabitha Mendez

Brown’s daughter enjoys the cookie she decorated at the cookie decorating station. Photo by Tabitha Mendez

Scott sifts through the gifts under the wooden Christmas tree, which staff members brought wrapped and clearly labeled with their child’s name to the conference room by 3 p.m. that day. Each child got to sit on Santa’s lap, ask questions and, of course, get a gift. Photo by Alyssa Hui

Ceazar Agront stands with his son by the Christmas tree in an attempt to pose as his wife snaps a quick photo with Leonidis before they head home after a night of celebrating the holidays. Photo by Tabitha Mendez

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