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Calendar >  Vista Elks Lodge Hosts 47th Annual Elks Lodge Holiday Show With Vista Unified

Vista Elks Lodge Hosts 47th Annual Elks Lodge Holiday Show With Vista Unified

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Vista, CA – — On Friday, December 15, the Special Education Department of Vista Unified School District (VUSD) will partner with Vista Elks for the 47th annual Elks Lodge holiday performances. Students will perform between 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM at the Vista Elks Lodge (1947 E Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084). VUSD Families will enjoy student performances and a meet-and-greet with Santa. Nearly 350 preschool and elementary students from the Vista Unified School District are expected to participate. 

Continuing its long-standing Vista tradition, each class will sing one to two holiday songs. Families of students are invited to attend. Student performers will be gifted a toy from Santa and every student is welcome to enjoy a light meal thanks to the generosity of the Vista Elks.

California Avenue students perform during the annual Elks Lodge holiday showcase

“This holiday performance is a pretty special event! Some children enrolled in specialized special education do not often have an opportunity to perform or to be on stage, it is a treasured time for the families to watch their kids do something like this,” said Rachel Schmidt, Special Ed Supervisor for Vista Unified and Principal of California Avenue School. Schmidt is the lead event coordinator for the 47th annual Elks Lodge holiday performances alongside Wayne and Joyce Ford, Chairs for the Vista Elks Lodge.

Schmidt herself grew up going to the holiday showcase at the Vista Elks Lodge with her father, a former Vista Unified administrator. She shares, “I have fond memories of attending as a child. It warms my heart to give our families a nice pre-holiday experience. Students have the chance to travel on the bus and perform at the Elks Lodge with their parents, families, and teachers in the audience and to meet Santa in a smaller, personal setting.”

California Avenue students meet Santa during the annual Elks Lodge holiday showcase

Vista Unified School District schools participating include California Avenue, Empresa Elementary, Mission Meadows Elementary, Hannalei Elementary, T.H.E. Leadership Academy, Lake Elementary, Foothill Oak Elementary, and Alamosa Park Elementary. Performances will begin with elementary-age students followed by the preschoolers.

47th annual Elks Lodge Holiday Performance Schedule

  • 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM:  Alamosa, Empresa, Foothill Oak, Mission Meadows
  • 11 AM – 12 PM: Hannalei, Lake, T.H.E. Leadership Academy
  • 12:30 PM – 2 PM: California Ave. School

Long-time attendee Eve Lorentzen is looking forward to the Friday event. Her daughter Andrea performed with Vista Unified for the Elks Lodge holiday showcase ever since she was a preschool student with Cal Ave through fifth-grade with Hannalei. “It is a great experience, the Vista Elks are so kind with their space and the presents for the kids. The annual holiday showcase gave Andrea the confidence to perform outside of her elementary school,” shared Eve, a former preschool teacher and Vista Unified volunteer.

Now Andrea is a freshman at Rancho Buena Vista High School, where she joined the girls wrestling team. “My daughter has become very independent. It all starts at California Avenue with the opportunity to do the Elks Lodge holiday performances. They really give our kids a moment to shine and to be themselves without the expectation to be exactly like their  peers.”

California Avenue School serves students with special needs with a range of services including adapted physical education, speech-language therapy, nursing services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and hearing and vision services.

To get involved with the annual Elks Lodge holiday performances contact Rachel Schmidt, at specialeducationdept@vistausd.org.

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