By Kelli Giles
Walnut – Westhoff Elementary presented its annual Spark of Love toy drive and holiday extravaganza on December 19. Students filled boxes with hundreds of new toys for needy children. “For 22 years we’ve been making the lives of other children really special at this time of year,” said Principal Denise Rendon.
The Spark of Love toy drive is co-sponsored by Southland Firefighters and KABC7. Firefighters from Walnut Station #146 delivered the donations to needy children in the Los Angeles area.
“This holiday spirit restores the true meaning of Christmas. It shows us that everyone here has a chance to give to the less fortunate. And you’ve all truly done that here,” commented Captain Russell Blackschleger.
Each grade level took to the stage to perform a special holiday song. Westhoff parents and family members filled the school amphitheater for the school’s signature event.
Kindergarteners wearing adorable oversized t-shirts and red scarves and mittens opened the show with “White Christmas.” 1st Graders took the stage for “Christmas Conga” and 2nd Graders sang and danced with giant candy canes during “Candy Cane Jane.” 3rd Graders joined the holiday program with “Christmas Cookies” followed by the 4th Grade class singing, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” 5th Graders showed their gymnastic, roller blade, dance, and baton talents during the high-energy “Big Time Rush.”
Westhoff staff members performed a holiday line dance with Santa and his elves during the Walking in a Winter Wonderland finale.