Student-Athletes Host Christmas Party for Head Start Children

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- A special Christmas party was put on Thursday morning for children in Monroe County.

The Head Start program in East Stroudsburg got to sing Christmas carols, do arts and crafts, and visit with Santa.

Student-athletes at East Stroudsburg University put on the event, which they say is not only emotional but educational.

"We come in and do this every year. It's rewarding that we get to do this because not many, there are not many opportunities for us to do things like this. This time of the year, it's great to come in and see the smiles that Santa Claus puts on their face," said senior Briana Sassanian.

The kids got creative at the arts and crafts table, and of course, spent some time with Santa.

Tim Lee is the executive director of Pocono Services for Families and Children.

"It's a really festive day and they have a great time with it. We greatly appreciate ESU sending their athletes over to do this with us. It's a good time," Lee said.

"Some of us are teaching majors too, or nursing majors, so it's nice to be able to work with these kids and get a little taste of, hey, this what we might be doing when we're older too, and it is really rewarding," said Sassanian.

This is the twelfth year the university has hosted the Christmas party in Monroe County.

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