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Deer Creek Christmas performance raises big bucks for World Vision

Two holiday plays rotate every other year for annual tradition
by: Barbara Sherman WHERE’S THE RED SUIT? – In a quandary about where to find Santa's missing red suit in Deer Creek Elementary's holiday play, "S.O.S. from Santa," are some of the student actors.

A holiday play presented by Paul Vaternick's combined fourth-fifth grade class has become an annual tradition around Deer Creek Elementary.

Vaternick alternates between two plays each year, and this year it was "S.O.S. from Santa," featuring a dilemma in when Santa's red suit goes missing before he leaves on Christmas Eve to drop off presents for children around the world.

Every year, the class raises money by selling DVDs of the performance for a charitable cause, and this time World Vision is the beneficiary.

"This year we have a videography company, Ambient Sky, who has volunteered their services to create our DVD, so it is professional grade for our sale," Vaternick said. "I'm excited about this! We'll be using the money we earn to make a donation to World Vision.

"This fundraiser is just put on by our classroom through the sale of DVDs, although often I get donations from parents as well."

Vaternick always provides information to his students about the cause they are raising money for.

In this case, they visited World Vision's website and held a class meeting to discuss the charity and donation.

"In addition, we help fill our school canned food pantry through our collection of 'admission' to our play - one can of canned food per person," Vaternick said. "Usually we fill a couple food barrels.

'As a side note, the kids in my classroom put some posters up in various locations in King City, inviting the folks there to our show."

The class put on the play twice - once for an all-school assembly and once in the evening for parents and community members.

(It got rave reviews from everyone who saw it, and in case you're wondering, Santa found his suit just in the nick of time.)