Here’s a look at just some of the projects that campuses did during November and December to help those less fortunate.
The Middle School’s Student-2-Student Program collected presents for Child Protective Services’ Miracle on Vine Street program, which provides Christmas gifts for students who might otherwise not receive any. Middle School students also collected Care Packages for the Troops. Students and parents brought items such as gum, trail mix, pop corn, protein bars and nuts, and the items were packaged and sent to the deployed members of Dyess’ 317th Airlift Group.
Also, at the Middle School, teachers participated in a Christmas drive sponsored by Communities In Schools in which 17 teachers adopted students in need and helped provide Christmas gifts for 20 kids.
“We had an excellent response,” said Kaitlin Montgomery, the Communities in Schools coach for Wylie Middle School. “It was awesome.”
The Intermediate Campus spent 10 days collecting food for needy families as part of a 4th-grade Gifted and Talented class project.
The students developed and led the campaign to collect food and then volunteered at the West Texas Food Bank. Through the project, the students were able to donate 2,000 pounds of food and a large cash donation. The 4th-grade also presented a check for $2,000 to Rwanda Children, a local nonprofit. The gift will buy goats and chickens for families in Rwanda.
“The students, faculty and staff proved that working together, can be a powerful strategy,” Wylie GT director Kim Cheek said. “May our children always remember that they can make a positive impact on our community and our world.”
The Intermediate also collected toys for Toys For Tots.
Wylie East Elementary
Students at Wylie East Elementary adopted 12 children from Child Protective Services to help this Christmas.
Students and parents donated $1,500 for the project, and teachers purchased items from the children’s wish lists to provide them Christmas gifts. They delivered the items to CPS and helped 12 children have a Merry Christmas.
Wylie West Elementary
Wylie West Elementary collected more than 2,500 pounds of food for the West Texas Food Bank and also gave the group $1,600 in cash. The Wylie donation will provide 10,640 meals.
Wylie Early Childhood Center
Wylie’s youngest students collected more than 60 toys for the Toys For Tots program.
Also, Wylie High School hosted its annual Adopt-A-Child Program in which each class at the high school adopted a student from one of the younger campuses and bought them Christmas gifts. The students come to the high school for a party and got their gifts plus lots of good Christmas snacks.
The program is one of Wylie’s most special traditions.