Santa Claus rolled up and revved into the Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary School cafeteria on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle yesterday, to surprise hundreds of students with Christmas goody bags.
Earl McCorkindale, a member of the Guam Hawgs Motorcycle Club, was dressed in Santa’s iconic red-and-white suit, beard and boots as he handed out individual treats to every student on campus – almost 500 students, according to Principal Tricia Moylan.
Row by row, each student made their way up and across the Christmas-themed stage to visit “Santa,” and happily walked down to get in position for a photo, then proceeded back to class.
The treat bags were filled with little goodies including Christmas erasers, candy canes and silly straws.
The gifts were donated in-kind by the Anything and Everything Thrift Store in coordination with the OCPES parent-teacher organization, and McCorkindale added the extra touch that brought unexpected excitement for the holidays.
‘It’s good fun’
This was McCorkindale’s first time making such an entrance, and he said he enjoyed it.
“Normally, I wouldn’t think to drive into a school cafeteria and rev it up, so this is a first – probably won’t be the last. It’s good fun,” he said.
The Santa said the Guam Hawgs love to ride bikes and socialize, but they also engage in multiple efforts to give back to the community, especially helping children in need.
“I’m going to walk away with a smile on my face when I ride home. I’ll have bugs in my teeth because it was a good morning,” McCorkindale said.
Spirit of giving
Moylan acknowledged that some students don’t experience much of a Christmas, and that the Christmas event was a boost for the students’ holiday spirit.
“It meant a lot, especially for those students who don’t have the opportunity to spend a special Christmas or receive a gift,” she said. “It definitely means a lot for our children, and also to celebrate the spirit of giving.”
Afterward, parents had the opportunity to engage in a workshop with their children in the classrooms to create different Christmas ornaments and holiday crafts.