Thanks to Student Council, Pickaway and Ross County residents will get to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at a Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center fundraiser.
Pancakes with Santa, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Chillicothe school — 895 Crouse Chapel Road — raises money through donations that will benefit Student Council and the school’s SkillsUSA chapter.
Annette Clemons, who is in her first year as Student Council advisor, said many of the 32 students on council are also in SkillsUSA, a career technical student organization. That group is raising money to purchase a musical instrument for the Veterans Healing Garden at the Chillicothe VA.
Money raised from the suggested $5 per plate donation will go toward prom, which Student Council organizes.
“The students are really excited to wear their ugly sweaters or dress as elves, so they're going to do what they can to be festive,” said Annette, an educational aide. “We have some excited young people and I'm looking forward to it. I think it will be so much fun.”
Supervisor Dana Anderson will be flipping pancakes as griddle master and council members will serve food and clean tables.
“It’s fun but also a challenge to make hundreds of pancakes of similar size and doneness in a few short hours,” Dana said.
In addition to pancakes and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a dozen craft vendors will be set up in the commons.
Among the items available will be jewelry and wood crafts, sublimation tumblers, glassware and Tupperware, T-shirts, Christmas and crochet items, and baked goods.
A 50/50 raffle to benefit Student Council will take place that day and raffle tickets also will be sold to support the Joseph Landman Memorial MADE Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Kristy Landman in memory of her son Joe, a 2002 Pickaway-Ross and Huntington High School alumni.