Energy company brings Christmas miracle to school

By Leah Murray
December 12, 2016 - 4:11pm Updated: January 24, 2017 - 3:17pm

MEDICINE HAT, AB — It's being called the Miracle on Elm Street.

Workers from the local branch of Cardinal Energy surprised the students at Elm Street School Thursday morning, delivering an early Christmas to students.

"They had a truck assigned to every grade, and it was just filled with presents for every child in the school," said Katrina Corbett, Elm Street School principal.

Workers at the company decided to not host their corporate Christmas party this year, instead deciding to help out the school, spending more than $10,000 on gifts for the students.

"I think they went above and beyond," said Corbett. "They put a lot of work in to find those special gifts for our students."

Elm Street School has one of the lowest socio-economic brackets in the province, with many families of students at the school struggling to make ends meet. Corbett says the gesture from Cardinal Energy had a large impact on the students.

"We know some of their challenges, and we know how much those presents met to them," she said.

Santa Claus himself also stopped by to help deliver presents to the students.

"Everybody was screaming and happy," said Kashton, a Grade 2 student, who received the Hot Wheels cars he asked for.

For the students and the staff, it was a magical experience.

"I was excited because it wasn't even Christmas yet," said Jaxon, a Grade 3 student at the school, who received his dream gift of Lego and Minecraft.

"It was like being in 170 living rooms on Christmas morning, all at the same time," said Corbett.

The company, who declined an on-camera interview with CHAT, said it wasn't about bringing attention to themselves, but to provide a brighter Christmasto kids whose families may be struggling.

Elm Street School has one of the lowest socio-economic brackets in the province, with many families of students at the school struggling to make ends meet. Corbett says the gesture from Cardinal Energy had a large impact on the students.

"We know some of their challenges, and we know how much those presents met to them," she said.

 

 

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