Monday, the Waterford Police Department and Great Neck School first graders got together for their first-annual WPD tree decorating. Principal Pat Fedor and several Great Neck teachers brought a bus-full of first graders to the police department, where they decorated the WPD holiday tree with ornaments they had made for the occasion.
The money for the ornaments and craft items was donated by the Waterford Police Union, and the bows and tree skirt were made by Shirley VanOverloop of the Goshen's Ladies Fire Auxiliary.
Once the kids came in, Santa arrived, played by Officer Robert Strohl. Santa listened to each child as they made their holiday wish, and then Youth Officer Nicole VanOverloop (acting as the WPD elf) gave them each a giftbag. The kids then went on a tour of the police department and then headed back to school.
The entire event was watched by Chief Murray Pendleton and the event organizer Sgt. Dana Seymour.
Thanks to all the kids for the beautiful ornaments, Shirley VanOverloop for the tree decorations, and Sergeant Seymour, Officer VanOverloop and Officer Strohl for their hard work.