The uncontested highlight of the Christmas season at Monterey is the annual appearance of twenty kindergartners attired in green shirts and red antlers belting out holiday songs with plenty of body language to assist. Songs like Thank You, Jesus and Jingle Bells never sounded so good nor were sung with greater enthusiasm!
When these children come over via school bus from the Hope Rural School, their reputation precedes them, and the audience grows in size from one year to the next. The profusion of home baked goods provided by the committee and laid out buffet-style contributes to the encouragement of attendance as well. Tables for ten find room for fourteen, and there is standing room around the edges. Following the performance, Santa comes, and the children end up with a jolly thrill, a bag of candy from Santa, and a big bag of presents to take home. The children mingle one-on-one with very appreciative members of the audience before being guided to the porch area for refreshments.
Sister Elizabeth Dunn, Director & Sister Martha Rohde, the school's principal, takes the floor for a few minutes to present the school set-up, which is pre-K through grade 5, now consisting of 146 students. The school continues to follow and support the children through high school. A return invitation was put out for Monterey residents to visit the school and view in person all that goes on there.