Students from Western University of Health Sciences will swap their lab
coats for pointed shoes, stalking caps and reindeer bells to entertain
nearly 100 children from the Inland Valley’s underserved communities
during Santa’s Workshop on December 9.
In its 12th year, the student-sponsored holiday celebration will be done
in conjunction with the Los Angeles
County Department of Children and Family Services in the university’s
student commons from 3-6 p.m. Children attending will take part in crafts,
caroling, Christmas tree decorating, a traditional holiday dinner and a
performance from the Chaffey High School Chamber Choir. University
students will enact a holiday-theme skit that concludes with the arrival
of Santa and Mrs. Claus who will bring gifts for each child.
“”For many of the children attending, this party will be the highlight of
their Christmas season,”” said Gisele Tackoor-Wilcox, director of student
services for the College of
Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP). “”The students put a great
deal of effort into this event because they know how meaningful it is for
Students from three of the university’s five colleges have are organizing
Professions and COMP. The student coordinators for the event are
second-year medical students Kira Molas and Diana Munoz — both residents
The university places a strong emphasis on humanitarianism in its
curricula . In that tradition, a majority of the university’s 35-plus
clubs and organizations sponsor and support Santa’s Workshop to continue
their devotion to community service.