NRL Hosts 29th Annual Holiday Party for Neighborhood Children

1/4/1996 - 1-96r
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NRL's Community Outreach Program hosted its 29th Annual Holiday Party for Neighborhood Children for youngsters from three local District of Columbia schools: Garfield, Malcolm X and Turner Elementary Schools.

CAPT Raymond E. Leonard, NRL's Chief Staff Officer, was on hand to welcome the children to the Laboratory. The children enjoyed a full program of activities, which included having photographs taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, watching "Feats of Magic" by Ronald McDonald, participating in a dance contest, singing along to holiday songs, eating lunch and receiving holiday gifts. Mr. Francis Alexander, of NRL's Supply Division, served as the master of ceremonies.

This year members of the F.W. Ballou Senior High School Band of Washington D.C., provided holiday music. Other special guests included Ms. Margaret Singleton-McKnight, representing Dr. Franklin Smith, Superintendent, DC Public Schools; and members of the Lambda Beta Sigma Sorority, Inc., who are alumni of Ballou High School and who support programs in the local community.

A group of NRL musicians played holiday songs during the childrens' photo session with Mr. and Mrs. Claus; who were portrayed by Mr. Kelly Cooke, NRL Federal Credit Union Manager and Ms. Kathleen Parrish of NRL's Technical Information Division.

At the conclusion of the program, each child received a holiday bag with gifts, which included a stuffed holiday stocking, personal hygiene items and a toy.

The party has been an annual event at NRL since 1966, and is made possible by contributions from NRL employees and friends of NRL through bake sales, and the ever popular "Picnic at the Pier" program, and from direct donations through-out the year.

According to Ms. Grace Burroughs, Holiday Party Chairperson, "The continued support of the NRL community throughout the year, makes this annual party possible for children in need, in our local community. It is wonderful to be part of a program that brings a smile to so many children and grown-ups alike."

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