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Walnut valley Unified School District

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Rockin’ Winter Wonderland

December 12, 2016

WALNUT, CA—Westhoff Elementary transformed into a winter wonderland during its

annual Spark of Love toy drive and holiday musical on Friday.

Snow-capped trees, giant candy canes, and glittered ornaments surrounded the children as they ushered in the holiday spirit.  

Kindergarten through fifth grade students kicked off the program by dropping off hundreds of new toys for underserved children in the Los Angeles area.

“Spark of Love” blends in so well with our Character Program and our Golden Rule school theme as it models the importance of giving back,” said Principal Denise Rendon to students, families and friends that filled the amphitheater for the school’s signature event held December 9.

Each grade level then took to the stage to perform a special holiday song complete with choreography. 

Kindergarteners performed “Happiest Christmas followed by first graders rocking out to “Run Run Rudolph” wearing antlers and playing inflatable guitars.

Second graders performed “Nice Nice Christmas” followed by third graders dancing to “Christmas Cookies.” 

Energetic fourth and fifth grade performed “Little Jingle” and “Must be Christmas” featuring dance, gymnastic, scooter, and skateboard talents.

Staff members donned pony tails and 1950’s poodle skirts to perform “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” concluding with a surprise visit by Santa and his elves.

Westhoff has been a proud partner of the Spark of Love event, co-sponsored by Southland Firefighters and ABC7, since it began in 1992.

“Hats off to each and every one of you that gave a toy today,” said Captain Mark Griffen from Walnut Station #146. Firefighters were on hand to deliver the donations later in the day.

“Thank you for keeping this tradition going!”

By Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources


Westhoff Elementary first graders perform “Run Run Rudolph” during Spark of Love holiday program. 

Third graders take the stage to entertain families and friends with “Christmas Cookies” on December 9.

Fourth graders don Santa hats and sunglasses during the choreographed “Little Jingle” song.  

Talented Westhoff fifth graders entertain with dance, skateboard, and gymnastics during their version of “Must be Christmas.” 

Westhoff “Sparketts” perform the staff finale “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” 

Let it snow! Santa and his elves make a surprise visit during the Spark of Love holiday program on December 9.