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Santa's workshop re-locates to Harrington

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On one afternoon each year, Harrington School District transforms into Santa's Workshop. On one afternoon each year, Harrington School District transforms into Santa's Workshop.
HARRINGTON, Wash. -

On one afternoon each year, Harrington School District transforms into Santa's Workshop.

Originally started as a festival of the arts, Santa's Workshop includes the entire Harrington community.

"We wanted it as an opportunity for the kids to make gifts for their families," said Taunya Sanford, the kindergarten/1st grade teacher in Harrington.

"It's a fun day, the kids are so excited, the teachers are excited," explained Rachel Roberts, 2nd/3rd grade teacher Rachel Roberts. "It's a little overwhelming because the kids are so excited and powered up, but it's really fun and they get awesome gifts to give to their families."

With a helping hand from their teachers, parents, former students, and community members, the younger students spend the afternoon crafting. This year, some of the things they made included snowmen, candy canes, and wreaths with their hand-prints.

Some older students worked on candle sconces in their shop room while another group delivered bagged dinners to elderly Harrington residents.

Samantha Nighswon was part of the group that went out to deliver gifts.

"A community based school is the best type of school to be in," she said. "You have the school-based schools that just focus on education, and getting good grades, which is important, but when you come to a community based school, you get great teachers, and also a feeling for love of your community."

Retired teacher Rollie Behrens was one of the original founders of Santa's Workshop in Harrington.

"These little tiny towns [are close to extinction] because we're getting smaller," she explained. "But the community really comes together, for whatever in these towns, especially for this."

And, while the gifts change each year, the message behind Santa's Workshop in Harrington remains the same - that's is always better to give than to receive.

"It's being kind, it's giving, that's our goal as adults and educators," said Rollie. "To teach them another way of being kind and giving to others."

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