Santa, Grinch Join NorthBay Elves

Santa and Mrs. Claus, legions of elves in red and green and NorthBay blue, and even a magician converged on the campuses of Fairview Elementary School in Fairfield and Padan Elementary School in Vacaville in December to deliver gifts and goodies to the students and their teachers, part of NorthBay Healthcare’s annual Adopt-a-School endeavor.

As teams of NorthBay employees arrived at the doors of their adopted classrooms, they were met by squeals of delight, high fives and plenty of hugs from appreciative children.

“There is a hug around every corner at this school,” observed Diane Barney, director of Public Relations as she watched groups of NorthBay employees pull wagons and carts laden with gifts, sporting equipment, pizzas, juice boxes and more.


A total of 77 classrooms at the two schools were “adopted” by NorthBay staff members, who fulfilled the wishes of teachers and children alike. The parties took place the week of Dec. 17, just before school let out for winter break.

Early in December, teachers at each school were asked to complete a “Wish List” for their classroom and choose a date for a class party. Wish list items included everything from paper and pencils to books, games and playground balls.

NorthBay Healthcare adopts Fairview and Padan Elementary because they are in low-income areas and their teachers often scramble for basic supplies and learning materials. NorthBay first adopted schools in 2005, making 2018 the 13th year employees have brought good cheer to local schools.