Students in Ms. Vega, Ms. Marr, Ms. Donithan, Ms. Wilson, and Ms. Daley’s 3rd and 6th grade classrooms helped facilitate the project, collecting, sorting, wrapping and delivering the items collected. 45 children at Prince Elementary each received a stuffed animal, sports equipment, board games and books. All the participating classes at TVES also made each child a blanket.
Ms. Basler, Ms. Johns, and Ms. Hensel’s classes also participated in the giving projects at Keeling and Wright Elementary. In all, 75 children received gifts and multiple families were invited to shop through all the donations that were received.
On delivery day, the anticipation and excitement are almost palpable. Cars are loaded with clothing and gifts. Excited chatter fills the air as the students board the bus at Tanque Verde Elementary. Principal Batty and Assistant Principal Laird join the teachers and students for the very special delivery.
Upon arriving, the classes are greeted warmly by the staff at Prince Elementary, and they make their way to the multi-purpose room where they enjoy meeting the students and playing games together.The time they get to share with the Prince Elementary students brings wide smiles and happy conversations, as new friendships and understanding are formed.
Ms Daley notes that through their participation in this project, our students are left with a lasting understanding of the importance of kindness and compassion which they experience through the act of “giving.”