Special Ed students create Santa's workshop

By Kelly McCarthy

November 27, 2013 Updated Nov 27, 2013 at 7:37 PM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A group of special education students at Owego-Apalachin middle school turned their technology class into Santa's Workshop. For the past three months they've been building wooden Santas to give as gifts.

Every other day for 40 minutes students put on their Santa hats and get to work.

"It feels like we're elves working in his factory," says 6th-grader Hailey McFadden.

Each helper is given the task of making wooden Santa toys in time for Christmas. They said their favorite part is working with the power tools.

"Once they felt comfortable enough and confident enough they'd reach for the stars," said technology teacher Donald Shultz, "And we try to foster that."

Students took control of the project themselves and decided on every detail, from what toy to make to what colors to paint the finished product.

"We put the face on, we decorate the face," said 6th-grader John Bement, "Put the eyes, mouth, and we put like rosy cheeks even which is kind of cool."

When all of the toys are finished and lined up, it's not the students who will be taking them home.

"We're going to give them to the nursing home in Owego," Bement said.

The class will give the gifts the Riverview Manor Nursing Home on December 20th.

"They're going to dress up for the occasion," Shultz said, "And they're going to leave the school and we're going to deliver them room to room, and they are so excited for that."

Students said building just one Santa from start to finish takes a lot of work, but they hope it brings smiles in time for the holidays.

"We want to make them joyful so that they could be happy," McFadden said.

In order to do that, Santa's elves will be busy in their workshops until all of the gifts are ready to give. Shultz said they are right on schedule. Their goal is to give 40 wooden Santas and they only have15 left to make.

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