Continuing their partnership for a fourth consecutive year, the City of Springfield and St. Catharine College collaborated to produce the hugely successful Walk With Santa and Christmas Crafters’ Mart on Saturday, Dec.7. This year’s team included Nell Haydon (Springfield Main Street/Renaissance), Kathy Elliott (Springfield Tourism) and Dr. David Donathan’s management program senior capstone class consisting of Stacey Garrett, Samantha Osborn, Nick Patterson, Allee Raley and Ashley Young.
At the request of the Chamber of Commerce, Nic Patterson worked closely with Springfield’s Chief of Police, Fire Department and EMS to organize the Walk With Santa event during which children joined with Mayor Cecconi, the St. Catharine College cheerleaders and golf team in escorting Santa to City Hall where Santa met with children and provided a photo opportunity for parents. Since no festive parade is complete without a band, Ashley Young liaised with Washington County High School to coordinate the marching band’s assistance in providing musical accompaniment to the walk down Main Street. After arriving at City Hall to a large welcoming crowd, Santa hosted a photo session in the conference room, where each child had their picture taken with Santa. Following their meeting with Santa, the children were asked to select two free books from the large assortment of Christmas titles Allee Raley collected through SCC’s rtl3 reading initiative and many generous donors.
During all the excitement surrounding Santa’s visit to City Hall, Stacey Garrett and Samantha Osborn were busy assisting vendor set up at the Christmas Crafters’ Mart in the OldLouisvilleStoreBuilding. At 10 a.m., they opened the doors to a large crowd of Christmas shoppers who were able to select from wooden toys, jewelry, seasonal decorations and much more.
Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.