For the third consecutive year, on Saturday, the cheerleaders and St. Bede staff hosted a Breakfast with Santa event for children from local parishes and their families. The breakfast morning has been reshaped a bit since the event was discontinued about 20 years ago.
“It’s a remake from 20 years ago,” said St. Bede cheerleading sponsor Jodi Slingsby.
This year, cheerleaders were not wearing costumes as warm as the St. Bede Bruin stood outside the Academy with the mascot to direct visitors into the hall. There, SBA’s Donna Aleksy directed families to the arts and crafts room where the children could decorate and sign a cookie plate for Santa, make “reindeer food” and decorate cookies.
They also could have their photo taken with Santa, watch “The Polar Express” movie in a classroom, have breakfast and ride “The Polar Express” train.
It was a close to a train as you can get without laying tracks. Charles Tieman brought his 1948 Santa Fe parade vehicle that looks like one of the early Santa Fe diesel locomotives, only it has recreational vehicle parts, lighting and wheels.
The railroad built the locomotive for the centennial of transcontinental rail travel in theUnited States, and later sold it to a civic organization. When it fell into disrepair, Tieman purchased it and fixed it up.