Santa Claus, NYPD officers surprise special needs students in Staten Island with presents

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STATEN ISLAND (PIX11) – A group of special needs students in Staten Island received a surprise visit from Santa Claus and members of the NYPD patrol unit.

Approximately 45 students at Seton Foundation for Learning in Mother Franciska Elementary School on Hylan Boulevard were given candy canes and gifts Wednesday morning.

The elementary school helps students with various special needs and disabilities.

Lieutenant Joseph Bell, Detective Thomas Cerbone, members of NYPD Highway #5 patrol and their family and friends organized the event. The group gathered Monday to wrap more than 60 gifts.

This is the second year NYPD Highway #5 Patrol spread holiday cheer at the school.