Fruit Ridge Elementary School will be the site of a free holiday celebration, complete with a visit from Santa, holiday snacks, and fun activities. The after school party, which is sponsored by Vice Mayor Lauren Hammond and volunteer employees from the Departments of Transportation will take place Friday, December 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. The school is located at 4625 44th Street. See map at http://maps.google.com/places/us/sacramento/44th-st/4625/-fruit-ridge-elementary-school.
About 300 community members, children, teachers and parents are expected to attend the event. In addition to a visit with Santa and refreshments, the event includes a magician, HoBo the monkey, face-painting, ornament decorating and new this year – a visit from the Sacramento Rivercats mascot, Dinger.
The event is organized and staffed by City employees who are volunteering their time and is funded entirely through employee fundraisers held year-round by transportation employees, along with a contribution from the Vice Mayor’s office.
This year marks the 12th holiday celebration that City employees have thrown for elementary school children, with the event being held in a different City Council district each year.
Linda Tucker is the public information officer for the City of Sacramento Department of Transportation.