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While youngsters were crafting at the Santa Maria Public Library's Orcutt branch on Saturday, Righetti High School senior Lacey Snyder was enthusiastically showing her approval of their work.

"Great job!" she exclaimed, and then high-fived one child.

"I love your colors," she told 6-year-old Vera McCabe.

Snyder was one of several members of Righetti's ASTRA club, who were interacting with children and their families as the youngsters worked on Valentine's Day-themed crafts.

"I love working with the kids, seeing the joy they get out of (their artwork)," said Snyder, who is in her second year with the club.

Dayna DeBernardi-Watson, ASTRA adviser and member of Altrusa of the Central Coast, was pleased with the turnout as families quickly filled the three work tables at the front of the library during the first half-hour of the event, and more kept coming.

Local Altrusa clubs sponsor the program and Altrusa is ASTRA's mother club, she explained.

"ASTRA is a chartered club on the Righetti campus. Every month, the Righetti ASTRA club sponsors a theme-based craft project for families and their children."

A different student member is in charge of coordinating a project for each month. Shelby McDonald, a junior, was in charge of February's project.

"The thing I like best is seeing all the little kids come in and to see their excitement when they're doing their crafts," McDonald said.

She and Hannah Pope, a senior and president of ASTRA, put together the organization's Instagram and Facebook pages. Pope also helps coordinate the club's community events each month.

"I was the ASTRA vice president at our school last year, so that helped me get started in helping coordinate the events," Pope said.

"I love the interaction, not just with the families, but with the community and people in our club."

Cassie Campa was at Saturday's event, along with her children -- Charlie, 8, Patrick, 6, and Chloe, 3.

"This is the third event I've been to," she said. "I like the way the students interact with the children and that the kids are able to create their own things."

Eli Miller and Kira Grama, both 10, were among the first youngsters to arrive.

They said coloring was what they enjoyed most.

Amelia Shaw, 2, was another early arrival.

"I like your jacket!" ASTRA club member Snyder said.

Shortly after, Amelia was the happy winner of the first of a series of raffles for the children that DeBernardi-Waston oversaw. Her prize was a play pack.

The next Righetti ASTRA project, which is slated for March 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Orcutt library, 175 Broadway St., will have a St. Patrick's Day theme.

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