Shopping around the Christmas Tree: Destin Dolphins go shopping at Kids' Korner Gift Shoppe

Jessica Coker
Evie Barkocy bought a small glass swan for her mom.

Seven-year-old Abigail Perkins, a first grader at Destin Elementary School, finished all of her Christmas shopping early this year — with plenty of time to spare.

"I bought presents for my entire family today and for my 'BFF,' " said Perkins.

Perkins, who's in Melissa Zuricks' first grade class, was just one among the hundreds of students this week to shop for family and friends at the schools Kids' Korner Gift Shoppe that took place from Monday, Dec. 3 to Friday, Dec. 7.

Beth Cann, secretary of the Parent Teacher Organization who also worked as a cashier at the shop, told The Log that in the past the school did something similar to the Christmas shop for the students — but it’s been a while.

"It's probably been 10 or 12 years since we've done anything like this here," Cann said.

Despite the fact that Jack Frost was not nipping at any noses in the 70-degree Florida December weather, the students were still feeling the jolly, holiday spirit while shopping for their loved ones.

Six-year-old Liam McNeil said that he was shopping for his mom, but he wasn't quite sure what to get for her. McNeil did have an idea of what Santa Claus might be bringing him for Christmas, though.

"An RG3 jersey," said McNeil. "Robert Griffin III, he plays football for the Washington Redskins; he’s mine and my dad’s favorite football player."

With a glowing pink Christmas tree on a table nearby, Kids' Korner shelves were lined with jewelry, toys, pens, ties, small radios, piggybanks, small trinkets and more merry merchandise to choose from.

As 6-year-old Brody Plasier said, "this is the best place to Christmas shop . . . my mom is the best."

Seven-year-old Evie Barkocy chose a small glass swan in a decorative box for her loved one, while classmate 7-year-old Izzy Alexander picked up a rose as red as Rudolph’s nose for her family member.

After making their purchases, PTO members were on hand to wrap presents for the children, tying the proverbial bow on their holiday shopping.

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