Sensory Santa Event Brings Joy to Somerset County Students

WESTOVER, MD, Dec. 16, 2019 – Somerset County Public Schools’ Special Education Department recently held a “Sensory Santa” holiday event for elementary special education students in the County. Students were bussed over to the Board of Education from their home schools for a special block of time to spend with Santa and his elves where children participated in fun sensory holiday activities. Various stations were set up for the children to decorate cookies, make ornaments, create cards using photos taken with Santa, and play holiday themed games. Each child met with Santa and received a gift bag that included a hat, gloves, coloring activity book and a stuffed animal purchased with funds generously donated by the Crisfield Lioness Lions Club.
 
Support for the event was provided by Family Support & Infant and Toddler grant funding, with additional assistance from the Somerset County Judy Center Partnership and Early Intervention Services. Gary Marshall’s Insurance of Princess Anne, MD provided lunch for all of the event staff and volunteers.
 
two women dressed as elves with santa
(L-R) Katie Klein, Infants & Toddlers Liaison for Somerset County Public Schools, Santa Claus, and Alicia Benton, MA/Special Ed Generalist for Somerset County Public Schools pose for a picture before the children arrive.
 
children and adults with santa
A group of students, staff and volunteers gather for a photo with Santa.
 
adults and children at a table with play doh
Children and parents practice their cookie cutter skills at the Play-Doh station.
 
children and adults at a table making Christmas ornaments
Students and teachers work on a Christmas ornament craft.