Hundreds of kids and their families filled the auditorium and cafeteria of Anna L. Klein School for Guttenberg’s annual recreation holiday party on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. The celebration started with spirited performances by the Guttenberg Twirlers in the auditorium.
From there the festivities moved over to the cafeteria, where Santa Claus was waiting to take photos with the eager kids. Not to be outdone, Mayor Gerald Drasheff and the town council supplied a huge pile of toys so that every single attendee could take home a gift. Thanks to the generous donations of local businesses and residents, they were able to raffle off more than a dozen bicycles of various sizes, complete with decorative helmets.
Recreation Director Mark Rogers coordinated and served as host for the popular event. Council Members Wayne Zitt, John Habermann, and Monica Fundora helped pick the raffle winners and hand out gifts, cupcakes, juice, and hot chocolate, aided by many town officials and volunteers. In between raffles, the floor was packed with kids (and a few older folks) dancing to a live DJ. All children in grades pre-K through 3 were invited to the free party, which will be the last one held in the Anna L. Klein School proper before moving next year to the new annex.
About 50 kids participated in the high-energy Twirlers and dance performances. The Twirler and dance programs are open to kids ages 5 to 14 and sign-up is available at any time.