FES students given opportunity to purchase heartfelt gifts

FLEMINGTON—With the holiday season approaching, one local school hosted an annual tradition to help students get gifts for their friends and loved ones.

Flemington Elementary School (FES) kicked off Santa’s Workshop on Monday. Students had their shopping list in hand and checked them twice.

Parent volunteers assisted students as they shopped for their friends and loved ones.

The workshop is an annual tradition at the school and the Parent Teacher Organization organizes the event each year.

PTO member Sue Shelton shared that the has hosted this event for over 20 years.

Shelton expressed that the students love the event and look forward to it each year.

“All the items are $1, and we do not make a profit from the workshop,” she revealed. “We want to make the workshop affordable for all families, and we think it’s a nice way to give back to the community.”

She commented that the workshop also gives students an opportunity to be independent and work on math skills, as well.

Principal Melissa Lampinen shared that with it being her first year at the school she was very impressed with workshop.

“The PTO and parent volunteers did a wonderful job organizing the workshop,” she expressed. “There was something for everyone. I think it is a great experience for the students too.”

Lampinen commented that December is a very busy month with activities for the children.

In addition to the workshop, the PTO will also be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair at the end of the week, just in time for students to get new books for the Christmas break.

On December 14, the school will be holding its annual Christmas Concert, where the students will sing a melody of seasonal songs for their families to enjoy.

Lampinen added that every student at FES will also be going to the movies this month, with the cost being covered by a generous donation from Jo Ellen Crowley, with Home finders Plus Real Estate.

“We are very grateful for the generous donation from Jo Ellen,” she expressed. “This is going to be a nice treat for our students to enjoy. So, thank you again Jo Ellen.”