Tyler ISD Early College High School (ECHS) students spent a morning recently spreading Christmas cheer at Tyler Day Nursery. ECHS ninth graders collaborated to create a service project with two parameters: to involve children and to help make these children happy.
“The students created service projects as a class assignment, then voted on their top four favorites,” ECHS and AVID teacher Pamela Creel said. “A stuffed animal drive was chosen as the favorite over 30 entries.”
Students Lawren Ayala and Josue Martinez led the project by collecting more than 125 stuffed animals from classmates, teachers and the community.
“As we were brainstorming different ideas for who would benefit most from this service project, we originally came up with children in hospitals,” Lawren said. “However, there are a lot of restrictions that have to be considered because of the various types and severities of their illnesses, so we ultimately decided to give the stuffed animals to a local day care.”
The ECHS students arrived at the nursery wearing festive Santa hats and carrying bags of gifts. They even brought Santa along, who read the popular story The Night Before Christmas. One by one after the story the children gave Santa hugs before heading back to their classrooms.
The stuffed animal gifts were distributed to children by the Tyler Day Nursery staff.