Southwest Licking Elementary School PTO organizers say Santa Claus will be the featured guest at their annual fundraiser.

Southwest Licking Elementary School PTO organizers say Santa Claus will be the featured guest at their annual fundraiser.

The event, called Santa Festival, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Etna Elementary School, 8500 Columbia Road.

It will feature games, food vendors, crafts for sale, a silent auction with holiday gift baskets and photographs with Santa, according to a PTO press release

Students will be asked to write letters to Santa in anticipation of his arrival at 12:30 p.m., said PTO member and festival organizer Crystal Pierce.

Pierce said Santa Festival typically raises $5,000 for the PTO, which funds teachers' requests for items to be used in the classroom, field days and field trips.

"We've been doing it for a while," Pierce said of the event.

The Southwest Elementary School PTO supports Etna, Kirkersville and Pataskala elementary schools.