This holiday season at King William High School, the National Honor Society [NHS] and [DECA] sponsored “Christmas Dreams,” a service project in which students and staff collected various items to donate to children ages 0-18 living in King William County and the Town of West Point.
Students put their presents and monetary gifts into bright red stockings that were placed in each classroom. At the front of the school was a Hat, Mittens, and Scarves Tree, brightly lit and decorated with the colorful, warm donations. Beside the tree, a box was filled with larger toys and assorted items.
Mrs. Shumate, the secretary at KWHS, stated that it “warms [her] heart to see the number of donations received from the community, students, and staff – it has multiplied from the previous years. Putting the tree in the office was an excellent idea for getting the word out there, and it was wonderful to see so many people sacrifice their time.”
During the weeks of collection, support for the project was shown in numerous ways. The King William basketball team raised $70 in a faculty vs. student basketball game, and the total collected from the classroom stockings was $170. KWHS would also like to give a special thank you to Mary D’s Hair Salon, for their generous donation of $100, to Horace Mann for their donation of hats, mittens, and scarves, and to each of the students, parents, and teachers who donated so generously!
The combined donations made it possible for the school to purchase $340 in gift cards, and these, along with many boxes of toys and other items, were made ready for distribution within the community.
“I am so pleased that students at King William High School care about our children in our community,” says Kathy Morrison. “We are so proud of their participation in our project.” The students of KWHS are excited to show their fellow citizens in King William County the Cavalier Gift of Giving!