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Happy tears dripped down Maria Vazquez’ face as she watched the children clutch their gifts.
For the seventh year Maria, a Chino resident, and her dedicated band of holiday helpers, were hosting Christmas in the Classroom at Fontana’s Juniper Elementary School.
Christmas in the Classroom sprang from Maria’s heart when she learned that so many local children weren’t going to have a very merry Christmas.
“My daughter Melissa was a second-grade teacher here and she asked her students, `how many of you do not celebrate Christmas?’ She was shocked when almost every hand went up,” Maria said.
Melissa was asking out of religious respect, but soon learned that there were other reasons children do not celebrate the holidays.