Holiday cheer filled the air with cookie decorating, holiday music, snacks and Santa visits at Saturday’s fourth annual Winter Wonderland at the Robinson Center. The Community Outreach event, sponsored by Student Activities Board (SAB), was held for students at South Bend community schools and the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) children of Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, SAB vice president Alli Gerths said. Gerths said over 1,500 flyers were printed to advertise the event and 300 families from ECDC were invited,. “Winter Wonderland is primarily for underprivileged students so it’s really important that children have a chance to spend Christmas with their families and big holidays that might not have the opportunity to do so otherwise,” Gerths said. She said SAB recognizes that Christianity isn’t the only religion celebrated in South Bend. “We don’t want to just exclude it to [only] Christmas although there is a lot of Christmas stuff going on,” Gerths said. “We want all the holidays to be celebrated, that’s why we call it winter wonderland.” In addition to the visiting Santa, children had access to a variety of crafts such as make your own reindeer and coloring pages, Gerths said. “We want to make it a warm welcoming place for kids to be able to decorate their houses with, we assume they take those crafts home and actually use them to decorate their house because that’s apart of the Christmas spirit,” Gerths said. She said Santa was an especially big hit at the event for kids of all backgrounds. “Their excitement about Santa is unreal. We have kids here from every different nationality and kids from oversee,” Gerths said. “Santa goes across worlds so it’s really cool to see them get excited about it, just as we are excited about it in the United States.”SAB values the importance of giving back to the South Bend community through outreach events like Winter Wonderland, Gerths said. “I know sometimes there’s a little bit of riff between community members and the college students,” she said. “We want to allow the kids to make really good memories here at Saint Mary’s and make it a positive place for the community,” Contact Alex Winegar at [email protected]
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The Portuguese hopes, after responding from successive defeats to Everton and Basle by beating Fulham and Swindon, drawing at Tottenham and winning at Steaua Bucharest, the Blues can win again at Norwich on Sunday. “It would be good,” said Mourinho, ahead of the final Barclays Premier League encounter before the international break. Jose Mourinho acknowledges his Chelsea side are far from the finished article and will suffer setbacks while they make advances. “We have a lot to improve, we have a lot to work. We will have moments of ups and downs, because teams of this profile, with young people, with some people that are not mature, the normal tendency is that performances are not always very stable. “We will have our ups and downs for sure. I’m ready for that.” Chelsea are still to win away from home in the Premier League this season. Their two victories away from Stamford Bridge were at Swindon in the Capital One Cup and in Romania last Tuesday night. The Champions League Group E game was all the more important after the loss to Basle and Mourinho was pleased with his side’s response. Following a run of a three successive away matches, Mourinho would like success in the fourth to enter the international break on a high, with the momentum continuing in the right direction. “Away, away, away, away is never easy, but we managed to get a good result under pressure in Bucharest, because we were really under pressure,” Mourinho said. “If we didn’t win that match we would’ve been in big trouble. We managed to win that game and that gave us a bit of confidence. “If we can win now, 15 days without football it will be a period to reflect, to analyse and to prepare for what is coming.” Chelsea play at home to Cardiff and Manchester City, either side of a Champions League match at Schalke, following the international break. Mourinho spoke highly of Norwich counterpart Chris Hughton, the investment made in recruiting the likes of Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon and insisted Chelsea would not underestimate the Canaries. Mourinho added: “They made a great investment this season. They had money to spend, they spent it. “They brought in good players, players with future, not just the next couple of years. The squad is very good. “The manager in my opinion is good too. I like the way he coaches. “I like the way he organises his teams, always a good mentality, always well organised. “We know it’s one more difficult match for us.” Juan Mata, who has impressed Mourinho with the new-found work ethic demanded by the manager, is confident of success at Carrow Road. The playmaker said on chelseafc.com: “We need our first away league win as soon as possible. “If we want to fight for the title you need to win your home games but also pick points up away as well. “Obviously when you play away it’s difficult, especially against teams like Norwich who are very good at home, but we’re good enough to do it. “We won 1-0 on Boxing Day there last season, I scored and I think we played really well, particularly in the first half. Now we are full of confidence and we believe we can go there and win again.” Press Association