Children from Stephens College Children's School visit Santa

Monday, December 16, 2013 | 6:12 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — On a beautiful Monday afternoon, the President's Home at Stephens College welcomed little artists from Stephens College Children's School. The children went there to see their artwork — and Santa. 

As Joshua Gardner waited his turn, he clutched a wish list. "Mostly, I want an iPad Mini," the blond-haired boy said.

The children were divided into two groups: one to write letters and draw pictures to show Santa and the other to look at artwork they and children from Lee Elementary School had created to help decorate the downstairs part of the President's Home. Stephens President Dianne Lynch lives with her family upstairs.

While they worked on their letters and pictures, the children listened to Stephens alumna Breanne Pickering read "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Students from Lee visited earlier in the day.

This is the second year for the event. It's a fun way to celebrate the holiday and do something for children, spokeswoman Janese Silvey said.

Lindsey Clifton, who teaches at the Children's School, said it was good for the children to be able to see their artwork — drawings and paper crafts — hanging on the walls and decorating the tables.

They may see themselves as artists, Clifton said.

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