NorthBay Elves Make Dreams Come True

NorthBay Healthcare “elves” once again heaped on the holiday cheer, delivering gifts and parties to students of Fairview Elementary School in Fairfield and Padan Elementary School in Vacaville.

Every classroom at the two schools was “adopted” by NorthBay staff members, who fulfilled the wishes of teachers and children alike. A record 70 parties took place in December, just before school let out for a winter break.

Early in December, teachers at each school were asked to complete a “Wish List” for their classroom and choose a date for a class party. Wish list items included everything from paper and pencils to books, games and playground balls.

Sylvia Spanos and Stacy Andersen organized the lists and gave every NorthBay Healthcare department an opportunity to choose a class to adopt. Employees then purchased needed items and made plans to throw each class a holiday celebration. No classroom was left out. The classroom celebrations have included pizza parties, cookies, cupcakes, donuts, presents for the children and teacher –and even a surprise visit from Santa.

The holiday parties began Dec. 19 at Padan.

“I saw happy tears from Padan staff and super smiling, curious faces from the students,” Sylvia said after the first day of parties.

NorthBay Healthcare has chosen to adopt Fairview Elementary School and Padan Elementary School because these schools are in low-income areas of their respective communities and teachers often scramble for basic supplies and learning materials. As school budgets are stretched, teachers often reach into their own pockets to purchase their classroom needs.

NorthBay Healthcare first adopted schools for the 2005 holiday season, making this the 13th year employees have brought good cheer to local schools.