A trip to the Yelka celebration and the opportunity to see the capital is something that every participant truly cherishes. In addition to the increased cost of the holiday show tickets, RCWS covered the youngsters’ travel expenses. At the holiday show we welcomed children from Moscow, Ryazan, Yaroslavl, Pskov, Smolensk and Northern Caucasus.  The selection process for Yelka participants is highly competitive as they are selected based on academic merit. They spend months diligently studying and striving to be the best in hopes of being awarded a trip to Moscow, a trip that is oftentimes the highlight of their year. 

To continue our holiday tradition, RCWS personnel and volunteers, together with “Ded Moroz” (Russian Santa Claus), visited the Orphanage in Shatura and over 100 little patients at the Moscow Center for Maxillofacial Surgery and the Sechenov Academy in Moscow to distribute gifts and bring some magic to their holiday.