CVES kids cross off Christmas lists

Published 5:02 pm Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Creek View PTO member Deanna Bess, right, helps her daughter, Abigail, and other CVES students pick out items at the school's Santa shop on Dec. 4. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

Kids at Creek View Elementary School got a jump-start on their Christmas shopping at the school’s Santa shop on Dec. 4, browsing through items ranging from Auburn and Alabama shakers to jewelry.

Dec. 4 marked the second day the kids had a chance to get some of their Christmas shopping done in a holiday-themed room full of many different types of gifts. In addition to the shopping tables, the room also featured a large Christmas tree and a television playing classic Christmas cartoons.

“What happens is there is so much stuff in here that they don’t even know where to start,” said CVES PTO President Trisa Moutardier. “So we try to help them out.”

Moutardier said she and the other PTO parents working at the shop had already helped about 200 kids shop for their loved ones, and are planning to help about 800 kids by the time the shop wraps up on Dec. 12.

Santa shop workers said students have been more concerned about picking out gifts for loved ones than shopping for themselves, and said jewelry and Auburn- and Alabama-themed items were among the most popular wares at the shop.

Moutardier said the company presenting the Santa shop donated $200 in books to the CVES library.