The Celtic Tiger roared again at Portlaoise College’s Christmas Fair where first and second year students applied their business skills to raise funds for the college’s Gambia project.
Many items were on sale at over a dozen different stalls including homemade cakes and treats from the home economics classes, hand-crafted items, minerals, books, games, chocolates, teas and coffees and a wide selection of healthy foods.
The man himself, Santa Claus, spoke to over 250 excited junior and senior infants from Saint Coleman’s national school in Stradbally and Scoil Bhride in Portlaoise in his grotto on the day.
“The children here in Laois are brilliant, they are so thoughtful." Santa told the Leinster Express.
"Here they are spending their pocket money to raise funds for electricity to be supplied to a pre-school for children less fortunate than themselves in Gambia. They are just a super bunch of children who are full of the Christmas spirit. They have grasped the real meaning of Christmas at such young ages. I’m going to make this Christmas really magical and special for them all.”
Digital media teacher Dermot Doyle was also impressed.
“It’s fantastic to see the students involved in a craft fair. It’s great for their social skills. They are learning about business, profit and loss, book-keeping and enterprise,” he said.
Vice-Principal Keith McCleran helped the students to organise the event.
“It’s a fantastic turn out and a great success. The community are really coming together and everyone is enjoying the Christmas fair here today. The students are doing exceptionally well in their fundraising for Gambia project. They should be really proud of themselves.” he said.
Students and staff wore Christmas jumpers on the day and each donated €2 to the Gambia fund.
The College’s choir entertained the many visitors young and old with Christmas carols including Jingle Bell Rock, Last Christmas, Deck the Halls, Merry Christmas Everyone and winter Song.
School Principal Noel Daly thanked all who supported the Portlaoise College Christmas fair.