Holiday Store for Kids, Photos with Santa planned by NWOSU Art Society members

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Holiday Store for Kids, Photos with Santa planned by NWOSU Art Society members

November 28, 2011

Photos with Santa
Children of all ages are welcome to come have their photo taken with Santa during the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Art Society’s Holiday Store for Kids on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Northwestern Student Center. Original digital photo files will be emailed to purchaser for $5 each so they can print/enlarge the photos themselves. The club will have available holiday card templates for an additional $5 each if anyone wants to create a card using the Santa photo. NAS also is offering its Holiday Store for Kids during that time.
Holiday Store for Kids
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Art Society president Shawna Gilbert, Enid senior, helps one of the shoppers during last year’s Holiday Store for Kids, sponsored by NAS. This year’s store will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Northwestern Student Center. Photos with Santa also will be available that day for a minimal fee.
Members of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Art Society are again setting up a Holiday Gift Store for Kids, as well as Photos with Santa for one day only on Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Student Center Ranger Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The gift store will allow children to purchase holiday gifts for loved ones and friends without having to spend a lot of money.

“The kids can come to the holiday store to do their shopping ‘on their own’ under adult supervision provided by our club members and other volunteers,” Angelia Case, NAS sponsor, said.

Not only will the children experience the thrill of “secretly” buying gifts, they’ll benefit from the practical lessons of budgeting, handling money and making decisions, but most of all, the pride and joy of gift giving.

“We encourage parents and family members to accompany their children through the store if they so choose, but if your child wants to keep your present a surprise, we’ll have club members available to help them,” Case said. “Our club members also will help get the gift items bagged and ready for giving during the holidays.”

A wide variety of gift items will be available for purchase ranging in price from about 50 cents to less than $20. Case said that parents are encouraged to help their children make a list of who they’d like to purchase items for and the approximate amount of money budgeted for each gift. They can then provide their children with a set amount of money to go shopping with. NAS club members can help assist each child to stay within their budget.

NAS is offering this holiday store more as a community service to kids than as a fundraising project, but the group does hope to profit a little for the various projects the group plans each school year, including the annual spring art show and field trips, Case explained.

To go along with the Holiday Store, NAS members are offering photos with Santa Claus for all ages. Anyone who’d like to have their photo taken with Santa is welcome. If anyone would like to have a nice group or single photo taken, with or without Santa, NAS will be happy to help.

“We realize budgets are tight, so we’re trying to provide a nice photo that can be used for reprinting, holiday cards or just to have, and for a flat fee of $5 each, you’ll receive the original digital file(s) via email or saved to your jump drive for you to do with whatever you want,” Case said. “NAS also will have several holiday card templates available if anyone would like for us to create a card using their photo. Each holiday card design chosen will be an additional $5.”

For more information about the holiday store, photos with Santa, or NAS in general, please contact Case at (580) 327-8577 or arcase@nwosu.edu or visit www.nwosu.edu/nas-fundraising.

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