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December 6th, 2009 by Terry Miller
The annual pancake breakfast with Santa was a big success Saturday at Emperor Elementary in San Gabriel. The tradition of students and parents helping those in need benefits the Foothill Unity Center and the children of servicemen and women who are serving around the world. There was also a drive to collect items to send to soldiers overseas.
The fun inside consisted of photos with Santa with able assistant Maria Walker, 7, who also just happened to be Santa’s daughter.
Emperor school is one of the most unique schools in the San Gabriel Valley as no fewer than 38 languages are spoken by the staff to accommodate the diverse ethnic population of the school . Over one third of the student population falls below the poverty level. With approximately 600 students, Emperor serves Temple City, Arcadia as well as San Gabriel.
Mike Klementich was one of the servicemen on hand Saturday to help with the drive for military families.
According to the principal at the school, parent participation is at an all time high, and even those parents whose children have gone on to middle school continue to help with events such as the annual Breakfast with Santa.
Photos by Terry Miller