CROWN POINT | Though six inches of snow had fallen throughout the morning, Key Club prevailed! 35 members showed up early on Dec. 14 to ready their event for elementary school aged children in Crown Point.
Crafts and coloring and writing letters to Santa were all a part of the morning's activities. Bagels were provided by The Great American Bagel Company and other juices and treats were donated by Key Club members and their families. There was plenty to do for the children, but without a doubt, Santa and Mrs. Claus stole the show when they arrived from the North Pole.
The children rushed to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. "It was so cool and exciting to see kids so happy!" said Chris Edwards, senior at CPHS and Key Club member. Ian Chapko, age three, said he didn't want a stuffed animal reindeer, "I want a real reindeer and he can sit at my dining table next to me!" Noah Chapko's wishes were pretty simple, "I want hot wheels and a Santa hat like yours." After breakfast and activities, families moved to the auditorium to watch "The Santa Claus" starring Tim Allen. "The message of that movie is really nice," said a Key Club member, who had never seen the movie before.
Mrs. Polizotto, German Teacher at Crown Point High School, sponsors the Key Club. "I really enjoy what this group stands for - giving back to the community. And the kids are absolutely exceptional. They get the job done, sometimes even before I ask!" This is Polizotto's first year sponsoring the club and knows it won't be her last. "This really wasn't my doing, my club officers took lead on the event. I just did the paperwork."
Key Club been busy this year. They have been raising money for ReBuilding Together, whose mission is to keep homes warm and safe for the elderly in the community. They also decorated the down town square for Red Ribbon Week, and were recognized for the Halloween Party thrown for the community's children on Oct. 30 by the Superintendent and the School Board.