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Empowering After School kids enjoy Santa visit

GREENVILLE – Parents and children enjoyed a surprise visit from the jolly old man in the red suit as they celebrated completion of the first 11 weeks of their After School Tutoring Program.

More than 40 students, many with their parents, along with some teachers, showed up in the Greenville Elementary cafeteria recently – not to work, as they had done since October – but to enjoy cookies, snacks, drinks, coloring Christmas art… and Santa!

Several students caught the old man sneaking in the back door and rushed to welcome him. A few minutes later he was surrounded. Cookies, snacks and Christmas art were promptly forgotten. Students, along with Empowering President Eric Fee, got their pictures taken with Santa, then later took advantage of the stage by lining up and singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells, with Santa conducting.

The Wave Middle School girls basketball team heard the commotion and arrived to join the festivities, posing with Santa, then joining in a couple rounds of Rudolph and Jingle Bells. In the meantime, delighted to have access to the stage, many students started dancing to the tunes.

The Empowering After School kids have been working hard to get their homework done and improve their grades. According to their parents, nearly all have shown improvement, love the program and have a new, positive attitude toward their education. The winter-spring session will begin late in January.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth provides After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.

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