Santa's Workshop relocates to Harrington - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Santa's Workshop relocates to Harrington

Posted: Updated:
You wouldn't expect find Santa's Workshop on this street. You wouldn't expect find Santa's Workshop on this street.
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."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Body discovered near where Spokane man went missing from 49ers game

    Body discovered near where Spokane man went missing from 49ers game

    Sunday, November 18 2018 12:40 PM EST2018-11-18 17:40:52 GMT

    Almost a week after 32-year-old Ian Powers of Spokane went missing after a San Francisco 49ers game, Santa Clara police receive reports that a man’s body was discovered nearby. 

    >>

    Almost a week after 32-year-old Ian Powers of Spokane went missing after a San Francisco 49ers game, Santa Clara police receive reports that a man’s body was discovered nearby. 

    >>
  • Man in custody after stabbing eight-year-old boy in Spokane Valley

    Man in custody after stabbing eight-year-old boy in Spokane Valley

    Sunday, November 18 2018 12:06 AM EST2018-11-18 05:06:41 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A 30-year-old male is facing attempted murder charges after stabbing an eight-year-old boy at a HiCo store in Spokane Valley Saturday night. Around 4:30 p.m, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a call of two males fighting along with the reported stabbing. 

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A 30-year-old male is facing attempted murder charges after stabbing an eight-year-old boy at a HiCo store in Spokane Valley Saturday night. Around 4:30 p.m, Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a call of two males fighting along with the reported stabbing. 

    >>
  • Three Montana deer test positive for brain wasting disease

    Three Montana deer test positive for brain wasting disease

    Saturday, November 17 2018 4:12 PM EST2018-11-17 21:12:49 GMT

    Montana wildlife officials say three deer in Blaine County have tested positive for a brain wasting disease. The Great Falls Tribune reports that the deer found to have chronic wasting disease were all harvested within a priority surveillance area. 

    >>

    Montana wildlife officials say three deer in Blaine County have tested positive for a brain wasting disease. The Great Falls Tribune reports that the deer found to have chronic wasting disease were all harvested within a priority surveillance area. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/