Children at Harry Hoag morning program receive
gifts courtesy of Fort Plain Youth Recreation Commission
The morning program at Harry Hoag Elementary
School welcomed the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus, on Dec. 20,
as students in pre-kindergarten through second grade each received a
The students greeted Santa with cheers and a
roaring greeting, before he asked them to say hello to Rudolph, whom
he said was on the baseball field with the other reindeer.
“I’d like for all of you to turn around and
see your parents and family and say ‘thank you’ to them,” Santa
The gifts were provided by the Fort Plain
Youth Recreation Commission, which has sponsored the Morning Program
Christmas Gift Giving program since the morning program started
about 20 years ago.
The students received the gifts from both
Santa, and his elf, “Jingles,” who bore a striking resemblance to
athletic director Charlie Karker.
“This event replaced the Youth Commission's
annual Christmas party and visit from Santa Claus that was part of
the Fort Plain holiday season dating back to at least the 1970s,”
Mr. Karker said. “The American Legion's Ladies Auxiliary has donated
candy canes for more than 40 years to help supplement the gift bags
the children receive.”
Mr. Karker is also the Youth Recreation
Commission board member representing the Village of Fort Plain.