Growing up in Wooster, Ohio, I remember how excited I was when my parents gave me a few coins and took me to a local store called Freedlanders to go through what was called Santa’s workshop. At Santa’s workshop, you were able to take your coins and shop in a special “Christmas workshop” for your family members. Each child was assigned a “shopping helper” who would help them select from a fine assortment of painted rock animals, wonderful smelling perfume, or beautiful knick-knacks that I knew my mom could not live without. I remember how excited I was to pick out the special items for my family members, how I enjoyed wrapping them with my shopping helper and how I loved to watch my family open up the special presents I had picked out for them. This school year, we will be recreating a Santa’s workshop experience for our preschoolers. We are asking all students to bring in $1.00 to shop in Santa’s workshop, (otherwise known as the rummage sale area). Please place your dollar in an envelope with your child’s name on it and bring it to school no later than your child’s shopping day. All students will be shopping on Thursday, December 5. Each student will have their own shopping helper to help them pick out gifts and wrap them up. Each student will present their gift to their family at the end of our Christmas Party. All the money generated from this exceptional shopping experience will be donated to the charity chosen by the ladies who run the ECW rummage sale. We hope this will be another great lesson on generosity and giving.