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Wickes treated to a holiday surprise
CRAFTED FROM THE HEART: Natalia DeCosta, 8, a third grader, holds up a paper snowflake she made for Sandy Hook students and their families. While Natalia and the rest of the third graders made snowflakes, other grades also made crafts for the cause. Also, Governor Lincoln Chafee declared Dec. 21 a Rhode Island day of mourning, and a moment of silence was held at 9:30 a.m. to honor the victims of the Dec. 14 shooting. Any buildings with bells were asked to ring them 26 times during the moment of silence to honor each life that was taken at Sandy Hook. On a lighter note, Natalia shared her Christmas sentiments. “It’s not about the presents,” she said. “We like celebrating Jesus’ birthday.”

Santa and Mrs. Claus visited John Wickes Elementary School Dec. 21, stopping by each classroom to chat with children and jot down their Christmas lists. Some asked for classic gifts like Legos and Easy-Bake Ovens, and others told them they wanted Wii or Xbox consoles. But no matter the request, one thing rang true for each of them. While they looked forward to unwrapping gifts Christmas morning, they were more excited about spending time with family. Wickes lunch aide Sally Razzino donated the Santa suit for the occasion, which was worn by Wickes Principal Roy Costa. It once belonged to Razzino’s son Frank Welch, who passed away more than two years ago. Before he died, he told his mother, “You make sure Mr. Costa wears this suit.” She did just that, and Costa said it was his honor. “The legacy continues its legacy of bringing smiles to kids,” he said. Here, Robyn Neary’s second grade class flanks Santa.

(Warwick Beacon photos by Jessica Botelho)

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