By Lt. Tom Mattson, AA/Public Information Officer
North Kern State Prison
Santa Claus and the staff of North Kern State Prison, along with the Transportation Hub, visited Nueva Vista Language Academy Kindergarten classrooms and delivered gifts to the children.
In return, the children sang Christmas carols, told stories and even danced with Santa.
The toys donated ranged from Ninja Turtles and Barbie dolls to winter boots, bicycles, helmets and pajamas.
The Transportation Hub stepped it up a notch, adopting an entire classroom.
Captain Joey Badilla asked the officers and Sergeants from the Hub to help.
Staff from the Hub did more than lend a hand, they shifted into another gear and went on a shopping spree.
Principal Ann Sanchez was extremely appreciative of the Hub adopting a class.
Accepting the challenge, the staff of North Kern State Prison purchased for the four additional kindergarten classrooms and were able to buy for the other 103 children.
Chief Deputy Warden Vince Adams was amazed with the giving spirit of the staff of NKSP.
“Staff at North Kern have always enjoyed giving back to the community of Delano, especially its children,” he said.
Principal Sanchez said she really looks forward to NKSP sharing with the children of Nueva Vista Language Academy.
She said many of her children do not have an opportunity to celebrate Christmas, so the smiles and tears she sees from her children are close to her heart.
Leaving the grounds of the school, NKSP and Hub staff saw the children through the windows of the classrooms holding up their gifts expressing their gratitude, singing, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”