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Lee, Stephens children's school students visit President's Home

December 16, 2013

Kindergarteners from Lee Elementary School and students from the Stephens College Children’s School got a chance to write letters to Santa—and deliver them to the big man himself—at the President’s Home on the Stephens College campus today.

Santa talks to a SCCS student.

But visiting Santa was only half the fun. The children also got to see artwork they created this semester on display in a sitting room on the first floor, which is used for public events.
And that was really exciting, said Lindsey Clifton, an elementary teacher at Stephens College Children’s School.

“It really demonstrates to children the importance of their art projects when the works are put on public display,” Clifton said. “They’re excited about Santa, but for us as teachers, that’s really what makes this experience so valuable.”

The children were also asked to draw a picture of their day at the President’s Home, which President Dianne Lynch plans to collect in an album.

Stephens is a Partner in Education with Lee Elementary, and the holiday event is one of several collaborations between the two. On Sunday, Lee’s third-grade class joined other area choirs for a community holiday concert. And during the spring and fall seasons, the students use the house’s lawn for soccer games, to run and as a playground.

This is the second year Lynch has hosted the holiday event at the historic home, which reopened in December 2011 after a successful campaign to restore it.

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