Alivia, 5, and Aria Cummings, 2, of Sequim play trains donated by the North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders at the annual Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 2. This year was the first time the sisters attended the event. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Alivia, 5, and Aria Cummings, 2, of Sequim play trains donated by the North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders at the annual Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 2. This year was the first time the sisters attended the event. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Santa a hit for annual breakfast fundraiser for First Teacher

Plenty of locals got the chance to sit and dine with Santa on Dec. 2 for Parenting Matters/First Teachers’ 26th annual Breakfast with Santa.

Volunteers’ early estimates say more than 350 people filled Sequim Middle School’s cafeteria for photo-ops with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, to make crafts, listen to music, and munch on some good food. Each child who met with Santa received a free book too.

The breakfast is Parenting Matters/First Teachers’ only in-person fundraiser each year to help the organization’s efforts to a monthly parenting newsletter, parent education classes, online resources, a family resource room at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, and more. Volunteers’ said they raised nearly $3,000.

For more information on the organization, visit www.facebook.com/FirstTeacherPMF/ or call 360-681-2250.

Santa’s elf Wendy Kitchen tries to bring a smile to her 4-year-old grandson Cage Giddings’ face while sitting on Santa’s lap (George Stuber) with brother Gunner, 2, and sister Hannah, 10, nearby at the Breakfast with Santa event on Dec. 2. Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash

Santa’s elf Wendy Kitchen tries to bring a smile to her 4-year-old grandson Cage Giddings’ face while sitting on Santa’s lap (George Stuber) with brother Gunner, 2, and sister Hannah, 10, nearby at the Breakfast with Santa event on Dec. 2. Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash

Ava Jordan, 5, makes a macaroni necklace with Candace Mangold of Olympic Peninsula Macaroni Kid at the annual Breakfast with Santa event in Sequim Middle School on Dec. 2. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Ava Jordan, 5, makes a macaroni necklace with Candace Mangold of Olympic Peninsula Macaroni Kid at the annual Breakfast with Santa event in Sequim Middle School on Dec. 2. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Mickey Aughtry of Sequim holds his granddaughter Maddie Aughtry, 1, after she got her photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus on Dec. 2. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Mickey Aughtry of Sequim holds his granddaughter Maddie Aughtry, 1, after she got her photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus on Dec. 2. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Kora Gilliam, and Kyla and Mason Blake of Sequim make macaroni necklaces at the Olympic Peninsula Macaroni Kid booth at the Breakfast with Santa event. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Kora Gilliam, and Kyla and Mason Blake of Sequim make macaroni necklaces at the Olympic Peninsula Macaroni Kid booth at the Breakfast with Santa event. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

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