Tis’ the season!

By: Dana

Last week, the Simon School hosted a Secret Santa gift wrapping party as part of its 19th annual Simon School Secret Santa Program, organized by the student-run organization Simon Volunteers.  In a recent press release about the event, written by Charla Stevens Kucko, we learned that each year Simon Volunteers partners with local Rochester organizations, and through the support of Simon students, alumni, faculty and staff coordinates fundraising, shopping and wrapping holiday gifts for needy children throughout the city of Rochester.  Last year, the club raised over $12,000 enabling the Simon School to provide clothing, toys and school supplies for 160 children from 85 underprivileged families in the Rochester area.  On Friday afternoon, Simon students, faculty and staff alike could be found taking a break from exam week to help wrap all of the presents that were donated for the program to prepare them for delivery to these children and their families.

Dean Mark Zupan also commented on the event, stating, “The Secret Santa Program brings together the entire Simon School community in a united effort to help those in need during the holiday season.” He continues, “In addition to making the holiday brighter for Rochester children, it exposes our international students to American holiday traditions and enriches those traditions for our domestic students, faculty and staff. Simon is proud to participate in this community service project each year.”

Source: Charla Stevens Kucko., “Simon School 19th Annual Secret Santa Gift Wrapping Party”, November 20, 2011

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