Paradise preschool class gets visit from Santa Claus

PARADISE — For a small preschool class in Paradise, Santa Claus came by for an intimate visit.

The Tiny Tots program run by teacher Lori McCoslin for the Paradise Recreation and Parks District had a Santa Claus appearance on Wednesday.

The children, ages three to five, were attending a normal day in preschool at the Terry Ashe Recreation Center in Paradise when a knocking sound was heard. Santa Claus dressed in the iconic red and white suit entered the side door with a bag of presents in his hands.

“How are you doing, Santa? Was it snowing in the North Pole?” Teacher Lori McCoslin asked.

“It sure was — I barely made it. But I heard there were some kids that needed their stockings made!” said Santa Claus.

The children at the tiny tots program were given handmade quilts donated by Paradise Quilters, a stocking and a candy cane.

“My dad loves football,” preschooler Declan Delgado said, while holding a quilt themed after the Kansas City Chiefs football team.

Kristi Sweeny, assistant district manager for PRPD, stopped by before Santa arrived.

“This is the fun part of my day,” Sweeny said. “I’m usually writing grants staring at the computer screen, but this is what makes my heart happy.”

McCoslin runs the Tiny Tots preschool program and has been teaching for more than 20 years. McCoslin said the Tiny Tots program involves three to five year old children and does activities such as arts and crafts, singing, learning the alphabet and counting. It’s a preschool class that operates month to month.

“It’s more for socialization. Getting the kids used to being with other kids, learning how to share, getting along, new experiences,” McCosliin said. “A lot of these kids have not been to other programs before.”

McCoslin said the Tiny Tots program will resume in January 2022. Classes are month to month and vary in prices. More information can be found at the Paradise Recreation and Parks District website.

“The joy that these parents get from having their kids come to this spot, it just is wonderful for them,” McCoslin said.

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