The jolly old man from the North Pole was the big draw Saturday at the annual Breakfast with Santa at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center in Leonardtown. Parents with kids in tow stood in line to get a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and tell if they’ve been naughty or nice.

Students took pictures for the proud families to cherish. St. Mary’s County Board of Education Vice- Chairman Brooke Matthews, newly re-elected, was one of those proud parents with his daughter Maddie.

But Santa was only part of the many activities going on throughout the tech center. In the Dorman Hall the breakfast part of the event was taking place, with students from the Culinary Arts program serving what they had prepared. They also served fresh made omelets for an extra cost. And the students kept the tables clean for the large crowd.

Elsewhere there was a Santa’s Secret Shop were student volunteers assisted children in picking presents. And in another room the kids were able to make gifts for those on their own lists.

In the entrance hall students from the center’s Skills USA program collected canned goods to benefit the Southern Maryland Food Bank. And they also had a popular puppet show to entertain the kids.

Tech Center Principal Theo Cramer and St. Mary’s County Commissioner President Francis “Jack’ Russell could be seen wondering around taking in all of the holiday festivities and talking to the attendees. Russell declined to sit on Santa’s lap, perhaps because his wish list for the county was rather long.

Breakfast with Santa benefits the tech center’s programs and the Skills USAS chapter.

Santa was a busy fellow in Southern Maryland this weekend what will sops to meet with children on the square in Leonardtown and at a number of other holiday activities throughout the area.