Students adopt family for holidays

A group of Whitehall’s top students came together Monday afternoon as part of an effort to make the holiday’s a little merrier for one local family.

Members of the National Honor Society and the Junior National Honor Society purchased and wrapped gifts and food for a family they adopted.

“This is the first time we’ve done this,” said National Honor Society advisor Sheri Wescott. “Head Start called and asked if there might be ways we could adopt a family.”

The family, which was kept anonymous, developed a wish list which organizers then shared with the students who asked parents, relatives and friends for donations that could be used to purchase gifts.

“The kids raised over $300,” Wescott said.

On Sunday, seniors Kassi Van Guilder and Megan Lane took the money and went shopping at various stores in Rutland.

Monday afternoon, students broke into several small groups to package and wrap the gifts, which included stuffed animals, toy cars, board games, and a variety of other toys, some with small dinosaurs taped to the packages. There were also a few boxes of non-perishable food.

Several of the students expressed surprise at just how far $300 could go.

All the items were to be picked up by the program coordinator for Washington County Head Start and distributed to the family just in time for the holidays.

Many of the students said it felt “awesome” to help the family.

“It makes you realize what you have,” said Van Guilder.

 

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