Walking Through A Winter Wonderland

Walking Through A Winter Wonderland photo

Hundreds of students, along with their families, teachers, administrators and friends were recently amazed by the colors, lights and decorations outside of Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School during the second annual “Winter Wonderland” event.

Santa Claus arrived promptly at 6 p.m. courtesy of the local fire department volunteers, as he set up his welcome mat inside the OBMS courtyard, which was appropriately renamed the North Pole for the evening.  Excited children, along with their parents, spoke to Santa about their year, made a few requests and took home treats prepared by his elves.

Inside the “Wonderland,” entertainment was provided by Mrs. Claus’ storytelling, the OBMS Jazz Band and String Ensemble, the Roseland Dancers, along with Jester Jim and magician Gary the Great. The Reindeer Café provided complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, while pretzels, hot dogs and pizza were available to purchase.   

Additionally, the indoor Santa’s Workshop provided opportunities for the children to have their faces painted, create colorful sand projects and work on a variety of craft activities. 

“The dedication and vision of the PTA and community volunteers for this year’s ‘Wonderland’ exceeded even our own expectations,” said OBMS PTA President Raymond Carta. “The organization’s goal was to create that magical moment from days past where the entire neighborhood would turn out at the village square to enjoy the special atmosphere of the season with friends and family.”