Students open Santa’s Workshop |

Students open Santa’s Workshop

The sound of pounding overshadowed the laughter, but both could be heard in the hallways of Ridgeview Elementary School as students put books aside and opened their own Santa’s Workshop.

First-graders — each armed with a hammer — lined a table in the cafeteria. They taped designs onto empty soup cans and, using a hammer and nail, tapped holes in cans to make candle holders.

“My fingers are sore,” parent helper Sherry Kurz said. “They want us to hold the nails.”

“Moms are supposed to be tough,” said Garrett Uptian, 6, before he asked Kurz for help.

Students moved from station to station in the school, each with a new project.

Students made candle holders, gingerbread houses and foam picture frames. They turned gloves into reindeer and Santas and turned their handprints into Christmas trees.

Tienci Towner, 7, will give her Christmas tree to her parents.

“I like this,” she said.

Randy Shivee, 7, will wrap his Santa glove into a gift for his brother.

“‘Cause my brothers like Santa,” he said.

Classes used kits ordered from Oriental Trading Company to make their presents.

But, a day of fun for the children is sometimes hectic for adults.

“My first year teaching, this really freaked me out, but seven or eight years later, you’re prepared for it,” second-grade teacher Jennifer Stagner said. “We’ve always done this. It gives the kids a chance to make something for Mom and Dad.”

At their last station, students made cards and wrapping paper so they could wrap their gifts.

“We love Santa’s Workshop because it’s cool,” Samantha McConkie, 7, said.

Ridgeview Elementary School students weren’t the only ones making gifts this week. Students at Sunset Elementary School also armed themselves with glue and scissors to put presents under the tree.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031 or by e-mail at

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