Storyteller therapeutic school program helps get kids ready for kindergarten.

Storyteller therapeutic school program helps get kids ready for kindergarten. (Courtesy photo)

More than 50 children served by Storyteller Children’s Center were surprised Wednesday morning when snow flurries fell on both campuses, 2115 State St. and 2121 De La Vina St.

Snow machines were donated by the Scribner Family and an anonymous donor. In addition to the snow surprise, large Christmas trees for the classrooms, as well as individual mini trees for students to take home, were donated by Davies Public Affairs/Blaze PR.

Volunteers, including members of the National Charity League, have sponsored holiday gifts for all Storyteller families. For an estimated 30 consecutive years, one of Storyteller’s founders and board member, Kenny Slaught has paid a special visit to students as Santa Claus.

“We are thrilled to bring the joy of the holiday season to our children who have faced so many challenges, particularly over the past two years of the pandemic,” said executive director Susan Cass. “This is just another way we can support — and bring cheer — to the families we serve.”

Due to Covid, attendance was limited to staff, children and sponsors.

Founded in 1988, members of the Santa Barbara community formed Storyteller Children’s Center. The organization was designed to ensure all families, no matter economic status or life circumstances, have access to the resources they need to build a healthy and happy future for their children.

Storyteller is a full-time, therapeutic school program that supports nearly 100 families anually from two Santa Barbara campuses ensuring students are kindergarten-ready, a critical marker in their scholastic development. For more, visit storytellercenter.org.