Two helping holiday programs shine at Pleasant View

Parents, students and the community given a special chance to buy gifts

Posted 12/23/16

Rose Tabor, 8, just finished her Christmas shopping while at school.

No, it wasn’t on a smartphone. Instead the third grader took advantage of Pleasant View Elementary’s Santa Shop room on Dec. 20.

The PTSA has been setting up the Santa …

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Two helping holiday programs shine at Pleasant View

Parents, students and the community given a special chance to buy gifts

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Rose Tabor, 8, just finished her Christmas shopping while at school.

No, it wasn’t on a smartphone. Instead the third grader took advantage of Pleasant View Elementary’s Santa Shop room on Dec. 20.

The PTSA has been setting up the Santa Shop for years, said the parents running the shop, and all the proceeds go back into the school. The shop is open to the community, is especially good for the students because it provides them an opportunity to buy gifts themselves to give to their families.

The merchandise in the Santa Shop is provided by the PTSA, which can buy the products at cost, allowing them to make a small profit on each item.

Tabor picked out presents for her grandparents, aunt, mom, dad and stepmother.

“I like the holiday cheer,” Tabor said. “The people here give me joy and that makes me really excited.”

A shop of miracles

Every year, Pleasant View also has a Miracle Shop for parents. The shop provides parents an opportunity to shop for their children who attend the school.

“The first time parents walk in and see what they can put under the tree for their child, they cry,” said Joan Osborne, a member of the Rotary Club of Golden who, along with the school’s family and community liaison Susan Demboski, founded the Miracle Shop three years ago. “We’ve gone through boxes of Kleenexes.”

The Miracle Shop is set up in one of the classrooms of the school, and is filled with a variety of toys that had been donated by the community. The parents pay for the toys on a whatever-they-can-provide basis.

There are always enough toys to go around, which is part of the miracle, Osborne said.

The entire community gets involved, Osborne said, from residents to businesses to students at Bell Middle School and Golden High School.

Osborne likes to think of it like an octopus. “The arms reach everywhere,” she said.

Pleasant View Elementary, Santa Shop , Christy Steadman

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