Santa came a little early to Schroth School on Thursday, Dec. 8th, accompanied by 31 student athletes from Monmouth University. This is the 18th year that the Monmouth students have come to deliver some holiday cheer to the children at Schroth, according to Associate Athletic Director of Academic Support Tom Bieber, who enjoyed his 9th year at the event. After receiving lists for Santa from each classroom, the student athletes raise money and accept donations to buy gifts for every child in the school. They then wrap and deliver them personally, visiting each classroom with Santa while he hands out the presents.
On their way to a classroom, four football players were enticed to join in a lively game of hockey with a few of the students during their adapted physical education class in the all purpose room. Other athletes were having their pictures taken with eager children as they opened their gifts. Christian Runza, one of the football players, explained that this was one of their favorite charitable activities all year. He and several other young men were back for the second time and spoke of their enjoyment of interacting with the Schroth students and having some fun with them while they spread Christmas cheer.
In the Child Care area, the little ones sat on Santa’s lap for pictures and told him what they wanted for Christmas. In every room, he was greeted with smiles and eager anticipation. The college students seemed as happy to be there as the younger students. It was truly heartwarming to see so many young adults participate in an activity that so selflessly brought joy to so many children. Thank you, Monmouth University, and to the football, baseball, field hockey, women’s soccer and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams and their coaches for taking the time and effort to bring Christmas joy to the students at the Schroth School.