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Lake Park-Audubon FCCLA member Alex Tangen visited with Santa and acted as his elf, helping to spread Christmas cheer.

FCCLA helps spread cheer

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LPA FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) members formed a circle of holiday cheer and responded with outreach projects to help brighten the holiday for several community residents.

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Starting with adopting children's gift tags, three members formed a budget, planned, shopped, wrapped and returned gifts for local children this holiday season. Mat Pepper, Dylan Larson and Alex Tangen also baked goodies, assisted fourth grade students in decorating cookies and played the part of Santa and his elf on Christmas Eve.

The group also assisted with local Santa Day events by helping with the Lake Park and ECFE activities in December. With planning and organization from Deanna Pepper, the team was able to help brighten Christmas Eve for many Lake Park residents as they rode around in style with the assistance from the Lake Park Fire Department.

"This year, Mat wanted to take a different role in playing the part of Santa, as his father, Martin, was retiring from playing that part. I am so proud of how all the students responded with unconditional time, energy and devotion to help brighten the holiday for residents in our community," FCCLA advisor Cheryl Hogie said.

Taking the decorated cookies that the fourth grade students had decorated, Ethan Cossette and Adam Wolfswinkel packaged fruit basket bowls with the frosted sweets, added some mints, chocolates, hot chocolate, apple cider and added holiday decorations for the residents of the two senior housing units in Lake Park. The duo delivered 20 baskets just prior to Christmas and visited with residents as they exchanged many holiday greetings with the residents. Funding for the Senior Baskets was made possible from donations from the LPA faculty and staff.

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