Treats, sweets in time for holidays
Fifty children from 12 local elementary schools gathered in the gymnasium of Robertson Elementary Thursday afternoon and were treated to a special event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Warwick.
Each child enjoyed giant cupcakes donated by Gregg’s Restaurant, plus hot pizza. While they ate, Jay Brunelle of JB Entertainment put on a magic show and played songs for them on his guitar, instructing them to make a silly face with every beat. After the food, each child got the chance to meet Santa Claus. Santa gave out toys, with many of the boys receiving remote control cars, and the girls getting dolls or jewelry kits. Rotary member Kenny Quaranto generously donated $20 gift cards to Payless Shoes for each child to get a new pair of shoes for the winter, and an anonymous person contributed $40 gift certificates to JC Penny for new coats for the children. Rotarians, and a few other helpers, were on hand with scissors to snip open packaging, and offer batteries for certain toys. As Hannah Clauson, 6, a first grader at Robertson, opened her gifts, which were fastened with ribbon, she asked for help untying them. A Warwick Beacon reporter offered a hand, and made her a bracelet out of the ribbons. Before playing with her toys, Hannah went around to each of the children, passing the ribbons, so they could also have bracelets.