Santa and Mrs. Claus visited John Wickes Elementary School Dec. 21, stopping by each classroom to chat with children and jot down their Christmas lists. Some asked for classic gifts like Legos and Easy-Bake Ovens, and others told them they wanted Wii or Xbox consoles. But no matter the request, one thing rang true for each of them. While they looked forward to unwrapping gifts Christmas morning, they were more excited about spending time with family. Wickes lunch aide Sally Razzino donated the Santa suit for the occasion, which was worn by Wickes Principal Roy Costa. It once belonged to Razzino’s son Frank Welch, who passed away more than two years ago. Before he died, he told his mother, “You make sure Mr. Costa wears this suit.” She did just that, and Costa said it was his honor. “The legacy continues its legacy of bringing smiles to kids,” he said. Here, Robyn Neary’s second grade class flanks Santa.
(Warwick Beacon photos by Jessica Botelho)