Over 75 students, program and district staff, and all their families came out to celebrate East Side Alternative Program's school community at its second annual Family Night held in December.
East Side teacher Tracey Mcintosh said everyone enjoyed the festive atmosphere and the delicious turkey dinner, which was catered by Templeton's school cafeteria.
However, she says the highlight of the evening, especially for East Side students' younger siblings, was a surprise visit from Santa Claus.
Amidst hugs and laughter, each child took turns being Santa's helper delivering presents to the other children.
ABOUT THE EAST SIDE PROGRAM
The East Side Program is a grade 9 and 10 off-site district Alternative Program. Along with core academic subjects, East Side has a strong focus on health and wellness, outdoor and environmental education, fine arts and community building.