By Amanda Ensinger
Prairie Township will be moving forward with some events to get residents in the holiday spirit, while keeping them safe during the global pandemic.
According to Prairie Township Community Center Director Michael Pollack, the center will not be having its traditional activities, but will offer some holiday cheer.
“We will be having Santa’s mailbox and the letters to the Santa program we have previously had,” Pollack said. “Kids can put letters in the mailbox to Santa and they will receive a letter back.”
Pollack said the letters should be in an envelop with the child’s full name, complete address, and postage. The mailbox will be set up in the community center parking lot, located at 5955 West Broad St.
The center also will be offering phone calls with Santa. For $2 children can receive a call from Santa on Tuesday or Thursday evening through Dec. 22. Santa also will occasionally do calls on Saturday. When registering, parents should include one or two gift ideas so Santa can personalize the call. Calls will last approximately five minutes and Santa will not guarantee gifts for kids but instead tell the children what he heard they wanted.
“We also are looking at having a holiday themed inflatable outside that people can take a photo with,” Pollack said.
These events aim to fill the void the township will have this holiday season with the cancellation of the annual breakfast with Santa event, as well as the holiday tree lighting.
In other township news, Pollack gave an update on activity at the community center as it opens more facilities.
“It has been a slow process. As people become more comfortable, they are slowly coming back,” he said. “The reopening of the pool and allowing younger children in the childcare room has helped.”
The center has been offering fitness classes, pickleball and other activities that can safely be done while distancing.
Pollack said that while the registration for swim classes has not been what it normally is, they are excited about the enthusiasm of reopening the pool. He also said if restrictions tighten up again, they would not close the pool. They may not allow people in depending on the restrictions, but they will not drain it.
For more information on upcoming activities at the community center, visit www.prairietownship.org.