The holidays present a dizzying array of demands – parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, and for college student final exams. Exams are stressful enough, and all the festive activities, don’t make preparing and studying for exams any easier. Every year, Access Programs at Cerro Coso Community College hosts an Angel Tree party for students in the program, providing an afternoon away from the stress of finals to enjoy some fun and activities with their families. With compassionate hearts and selfless acts of kindness, Cerro Coso staff and friends donate gifts for every child in attendance, recognizing the sacrifices they make while their parent’s pursue an education. Santa Claus sat next to his trusted Elf handing out gifts as the children waited patiently and squealed in delight. Peer mentors and staff assisted the children in making holiday crafts, and festive music helped light up the lives of the students and children in attendance.
Picture Caption: Santa cannot help but smile at the enthusiasm of little Haelyn Sullivan and her baby brother Holdyn Leuschen, children of Cerro Coso student Ariana Sullivan, during the 2018 Angel Tree event at the college.