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December 24, 2013 > Santa commutes to Southgate in December

Santa commutes to Southgate in December

Parents, students and siblings of Southgate School in Hayward received special visits from Santa Claus during the month of December. Although itÕs a busy time of year at his North Pole workshop, Santa found time to spread cheer and safely escort pedestrians across busy Calaroga Avenue for a few hours each day. Although some motorists stared in disbelief, Santa in the persona of Ed Gonsalves, merrily waved and received in return, waves, thumbs up signals and calls of ÒMerry Christmas.Ó Students showed little reluctance to embrace this genuine visitor from the North Pole and gathered to receive candy canes and share their joy of the season with the jolly visitor.

Gonsalves will return to safely escort students in more traditional garb when school resumes in January. He says his white beard will remain and, of course, he plans frequent northerly trips during the off season to keep tabs on the elves. Although a crossing guard at Southgate for just a few months, he has quickly become a beloved fixture at the school. Beginning with a Santa hat to celebrate the season, Gonsalves decided that more was needed, the entire wardrobe. He has been asked to appear at other venues and does (how can Santa say ÒnoÓ).

Currently, Santa is busy preparing for the big night and then plans to take a well-deserved break. Gonsalves says that interacting during the year with students, even without the Santa suit, is fun. He says, that the energy and enthusiasm of his young charges Ògives me vigor.Ó

Merry Christmas to all from Santa Claus (and Ed Gonsalves too)!

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