Christmas Cheer to Students at Cogswell and Miramonte Schools

Michele Earle

EL MONTE, CA –Jolly, old St. Nick and his elves were welcomed with smiles, laughter, hugs and delight by students at Cogswell and Miramonte Schools in the Mountain View School District.  Santa’s visit was made possible by the employees of Avery-Dennison Office Products who showed the true spirit of Christmas by generously donating school supplies and gifts to students.  The excitement was intoxicating as Santa made his rounds to each classroom to deliver notebooks, pencils, highlighter pens, markers and candy to every student.

Cogswell and Miramonte have enjoyed a wonderful partnership and tremendous support from Avery-Dennison for many years.  This is the 13th year they’ve visited the two schools spreading holiday cheer.

“We love doing this for the children,” said Rick Kleemann, an Avery-Dennison employee.  “To see the joy on their faces is priceless and it’s such a blessing to be able to do this.”

The annual Christmas visit to the schools is something the Avery-Dennison employees look forward to each year, according to Annette Gabele.  Many of the elves in attendance have been involved in the Christmas outreach for many years.

In addition to the school wide gift distribution, courtesy of the company, several employees of the Brea office provided gifts for the students and schools.  At Miramonte, the Avery-Dennison employees selected a teacher recommended student from each class and generously bought gifts for them.  Over 50 students received personal gifts from these kind and caring employees.   The students gathered in the cafeteria and anxiously waited for Santa to call their name to go up and receive their gift.

“When is Santa going to call my name?” asked a very excited kindergartner.  “I told Santa I wanted a Barbie and a jacket and I wonder if that’s what I’ll get,” she said.

“I got a big box!” said a wide-eyed and very happy second grader.  “I love Santa.  He’s the best!” he added.

At Cogswell the donated gifts were books and games that will go into the school’s reading room for all students to enjoy.  Stacked around the Christmas tree on the cafeteria stage were several games and books including Sorry, Operation, Scrabble, Monopoly, Head Banz and Battleship.

The staffs from both schools are extremely grateful to the Avery-Dennison company and its employees for their kindness and extreme generosity.

“This is what Christmas is all about and we are so appreciative to everyone here today for the kindness they’ve shown and for making the holidays brighter for so many of our students,” said Mario Gonzalez, Cogswell Principal.

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