Grace Tino, a student at the Children's Academy of Southwest Florida, smiles as she gets ready to sing with her class for the "Carols in the Courtyard" event to raise money for United Way of Manatee County. Several groups performed Thursday in the courtyard of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Bradenton and Santa made an appearance.
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Several groups, including State College of Florida's Chamber Choir and the Children's Academy of Southwest Florida, performed Thursday in the courtyard of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Bradenton. After the first group of children sang for the assembled crowd, Santa made an appearance and listened to requests as candy canes were distributed.