Christmas elves are set to serve breakfast Saturday at Oxford High School in an annual fundraiser for a nonprofit foundation supporting the school system.
The elves — Oxford elementary students who’ve volunteered for the task — will serve IHOP pancakes, fruit and milk three times Saturday morning for the Oxford City Schools Education Foundation’s Breakfast with Santa.
The breakfast is open to all and a big hit with area youngsters, foundation director Cindy Lett Williams said by phone this week.
“It’s great for our elementary school children, because they get to see Santa,” Williams said. For a fee beyond the cost of admission, she said, the bearded Claus will pose for pictures with breakfasting children.
Adults, meanwhile, can get a morning fix with Starbucks coffee, another item donated toward the meal, Williams said.
The annual fundraiser is “very, very successful,” she said. Last year, 500 people attended, she said, including about 150 student volunteers. Those volunteers include carolers in Victorian-style clothing who greet arriving breakfasters, and “toy soldiers” who lead them to Oxford High’s cafeteria, she said.
Other students, such as high schoolers in a TV production class, Williams said, created a commercial for the event. Those in a graphic design class designed a flyer advertising it.
“It really is a collaborative effort that gives students ‘live’ work,” she said, “and teaches younger ones to give back to their community.”
The foundation Williams heads uses the money it raises to support programs in Oxford schools. Last year it donated $10,000 to an Oxford Middle School fine arts program, $10,000 toward advanced placement testing for students at Oxford High School and $5,000 to purchase a greenhouse for DeArmanville Elementary School, Williams said.