Bringing cheer and joy to students and staff, Santa paid a visit to the Southampton School District during the week of Dec. 14. Unlike in years past, however, this year he arrived on a special sleigh constructed by the high school’s building trades students.
The construction of the festively adorned sleigh was spearheaded by the district’s school resource officer, Tiffany Lubold, who knew that Santa’s traditional visit needed to be adjusted with COVID regulations. A sleigh was needed so that Santa could safely visit with students.
Working in a timeline of just under two weeks, carpentry teacher Bernardo Diaz and his students got out their tools and collaborated with art teacher Pam Collins, who sketched the sleigh and reindeer silhouettes to “pull” it.
“Given the time frame of just 15 work hours, the project became a daunting challenge,” said Diaz. “But I was confident that my class could build it perfectly.”
Diaz said he is thankful that his students — Luis Avendano, Yenir Garcia, Oscar Lopez, Marlon Martinez, Styven Mayen, Marco Rax, Daniel Silva, Keysi Suruy and Michel Vasquez — had the opportunity to work on a project that “brought smiles to the school community, which has been dealing with so much this year.”
The project was sponsored by the Southampton Police Department, the Southampton Police Benevolent Association and the Southampton Teacher’s Association.
Photo courtesy of the Southampton Union Free School District
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