Local Students Get Holiday Surprise From 'Santa'

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

LANSING -- Santa arrived overnight at Forest View Elementary in Lansing -- with a little help from the students and alumni of Walled Lake Central High School.

"This means that no child in our school goes without for Christmas," says teacher Nyla Munk. "That is very cool."

Each year, Walled lLake selects one and only one elementary school in the state -- then they drop into the school late at night, and leave a gift on the desk of every student.

This year, the lucky recipient was Forest View.

"I'm really excited," says Laura Matousek, student services director at Walled Lake. "This is actually the first time that I will have seen them open the gifts, and I know it's gonna be an emotional event, to say the least."

And when the students arrived Friday morning, it was precisely that.

Kids opened everything from a new pair of jeans to Hot Wheels -- each getting at least one item from a wish list they filled out weeks ago for Santa.

"This is an amazing feeling," says Melissa Fannon, the Walled Lake student council representative who helped organize the event. "It's something I'll never forget for the rest of my life."

"These are kids who really needed a Merry Christmas," Monk says. "We're having economic times in our country that require everyone to give just a little bit more, so that all can share in the joy of the holiday."

And many of these kids say this is the best holiday they've ever had.

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