Students at Waupaca Learning Center had the opportunity to purchase gifts for their families and also learn how to stay within a budget at the annual Santa Shoppe.
The interactive shopping experience took place on Dec. 2 and 3.
Participation is a personal choice for each family, and this year, there were many children who enjoyed shopping.
In addition, many families also chose to send additional money for students to select a special gift for a child in need.
These gifts are distributed to families in the Waupaca area.
On Dec. 1, Liquidators Plus, of Waupaca, brought a variety of merchandise for the Santa Shoppe.
Mary Jo Tomaras organized the WLC teachers and staff to be there to help set up tables and organize the merchandise into mom, dad, children, pets and other categories.
Liquidators Plus said this is the first of seven schools in this area that have incorporated this educational shopping and giving experience
into their curriculum.
The Future Business Leaders of America and FFA organizations recruited many Waupaca High School student volunteers who were on hand to assist younger children one-on-one with their shopping experience.
After selecting gifts for the people on their lists, children proceeded to the checkout to purchase their items.
Then the children went to one of the Santa Helpers who wrapped their presents.
The wrappers consisted of parents, members of the Lioness organization and other members of the community.
While their gifts were being wrapped, many of the children shared who the gifts were for and why.
Barb Haase, the Parent Teacher Group chairperson for this event, dressed as an elf, which the children especially enjoyed.
She extends her appreciation the volunteers and Liquidators Plus, saying it takes a lot of time and energy to run the event and without their help, it would not be successful.
The PTG is already accepting donations of leftover wrapping paper, gift bags and other wrapping material. The items may be dropped off at WLC office until Jan. 15.