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Santa pays a visit to students at the carousel
Santa pays a visit to students at the carousel
Asking for the Essentials: Winter Events for 21st Century Kids (Photo) - 12/05/18

KENNEWICK, WA – Throughout December, ESD 123’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) before and after-school programs are combining holiday fun with the distribution of winter necessities for students and their families.  To begin the month, families of 21st CCLC students joined other community members yesterday evening for a free take-home meal at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams. At the event, hosted by the Ascend Apostolic Church, 2nd Harvest distributed boxes of bread, fruits, and veggies, while kids received unlimited rides on the carousel.

This is just one of the upcoming events the 21st CCLC program has planned to connect students and their families, schools, and communities to needed resources. Next week, Park Middle School and Amistad Elementary School in Kennewick will hold their annual Winter Family Nights. Last year, over 700 people attended Amistad Elementary School’s Family Night, where students received donated presents and a visit from Santa. Tierra Vida Community Center in Pasco will also be holding a Community Potluck Posada. The celebration will include neighborhood caroling, family games, and an appearance by Santa.

Event details are as follows:

  • Park Middle School Family Winter Night, December 11, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Amistad Elementary School Family Night at the Apostolic Center, December 13, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Tierra Vida Community Center Christmas Posada, December 19, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

The ESD’s 21st CCLC is currently seeking donations of gifts to be given to kids at Lakeview Community Center in Pasco. According to 21st Century Program Director Margarita Alaman, students have been requesting gloves, hats, scarves and other winter clothing items.

“There is a list of toys, but mainly the kids are asking for the essentials,” says Alaman. “They really want winter gloves and hats for playing in the snow.”

For more information, contact Margarita Alaman at 509.544.5723 or


About ESD 123:  Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Darcy Weisner and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit

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