December 24, 2015

By: Ciera Padilla

Gardner School had a “Blue Christmas” this year! The community filled the gym last Thursday night to experience the annual Winter Program.   The show featured Santa, played by the infamous Kevin Crosson; who just didn’t have the Christmas spirit.

He refused to do Christmas this year and insisted on being called Bob. The elves, played by students: Rebecca Younger, Kelsie Aguirre, Jesslyn Trujillo, and Marcus Medina, tackled the task of making Santa jolly again.

To get the magic back, the elves enlisted the help of the kids of Gardner School. The students delivered quite a performance singing various Christmas favorites in hopes of getting Santa back into the Christmas spirit.

Pre-school and Kindergarten sang Jingle Bells and I have a Dreidle. The little ones hoped to put a smile on Bob’s face; however, he still wore a frown.

Trying to win a hearty, “HO, HO, HO,” the first and second grades sang Frosty the Snowman and All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth, but Bob merely yawned.

Showing the elves who’s the boss; Bob charmed the crowd with his standup comedy act.

Feeling lucky, the third and fourth grades performed Up on the Housetop and Nuttin’ for Christmas. Bob remained uninterested in Christmas.

Next, the Fifth and Sixth grade gave cheering Santa their best shot while singing Let it Snow and Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree in hopes to at least warm his used-to-be-jolly heart; yet Santa seemed to be sleeping.

Jolted awake, Bob put on an amazing performance singing Blue Christmas just like the King himself. Coincidence, I think not! Then Santa Bob introduced special singing group, The Snowflakes, a special group of select seventh and eighth grade girls, who sang I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause.

Gardner School students made their final attempt to save Christmas as the seventh and eighth grades sang Jingle Bell Rock and Feliz Navidad. Still, no one could find Bob.

Feeling they had given up, the Elves hung their heads. Then, Santa appeared with a smile and a jolly, “HO, HO, HO.” Santa explained that he had never lost his spirit; instead, he was testing the Elves.

Giving the audience, who filled the stands, a goodbye; the entire school sang Santa Clause is coming to Town and We Wish you a Merry Christmas. At last, Christmas was saved!

The program would not have been possible if not for the hard work of many. Everyone at Gardner School would like to thank Casey Huff for directing the show, Kevin Crosson for writing the script, and Johnnye Mullen for acting as music director and playing piano.

Gardner School was also surprised on Thursday, with an impressive display of gifts donated from many sources throughout the community; including, the Huerfano County Sherriff’s Department, Volunteers for Community, and other anonymous donors. Every student who attends Gardner School received a gift.

“The love of our community was apparent as gifts flooded the office from various donors, delivered by Corporal Jo Albano and Dee Pacheco,” Principal Pam Levie said.

Kevin Crosson as Santa Bob in the Gardner School Christmas Program.

Kevin Crosson as Santa Bob in the Gardner School Christmas Program.

Gardner School Christmas Program Elves. Left to right: Marcus Medina, Rebecca Younger, Kelsie Aguirre, and Jessly Trujillo.

Gardner School Christmas Program Elves. Left to right: Marcus Medina, Rebecca Younger, Kelsie Aguirre, and Jessly Trujillo.