Santa arrived on his bike Saturday when he visited the children at Christmas in the Forest at Gwynne Vaughan Park on Saturday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Santa arrived on his bike Saturday when he visited the children at Christmas in the Forest at Gwynne Vaughan Park on Saturday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Santa joins kids for Christmas in the Forest in Chilliwack

Annual holiday party and fundraiser helps students at Leap For Joy Open Air Learning

In typical Leap For Joy Open Air Learning fashion, the local preschool had its Christmas party and fundraiser in the great outdoors on Saturday.

This year marked the third annual ‘Christmas in the Forest’ fundraiser for the young children’s education centre.

Past, current and future students at Leap For Joy and their families were invited to the event at Gwynne Vaughan Park. The party included Christmas treat decorating, outdoor scavenger hunts, wooden ornament making, and of course, Santa.

Part of the funds raised on Saturday will go towards helping to fund spaces in their program for children and families in need of subsidy. They are an unlicensed preschool since they don’t have a physical school building (the outdoors is their classroom), and therefore don’t qualify for government subsidies.

The school offers classes for kids aged three to five Mondays to Thursdays, and caters to homeschoolers on Fridays.

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