The students of Wayne D. Boshears Center for Exceptional Programs enjoyed their annual Christmas shopping trip to Walmart thanks to long-time sponsor, the Glenda Jean Mostyn and Joe E. Moreno Educational Foundation’s Christmas Lights Program. Each year, every student is given money from the program to purchase gifts for themselves or others. Boshears teachers and volunteers accompany the students throughout the store for assistance.
Following the shopping trip, students, staff and volunteers are treated to a luncheon sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Morris Hallman at West Erwin Church of Christ.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to go out into the community and practice skills that they are working on here at school,” Boshears Director Brooke Parker said. “Their faces light up when they get there and are able to shop for themselves by picking out their favorite clothes, shoes, toys, games, and the list goes on. It is a great honor to be a part of this program and we are so grateful to the Mostyn Moreno Foundation for providing this opportunity and to Mr. and Mrs. Morris Hallman for the luncheon.”
The Christmas Lights Program benefits students enrolled in Texas public school district life skills classrooms during the Christmas season. Unlike other programs that solicit toys to give to needy children, this program takes children to a local retail store so they may select and purchase their own Christmas gifts. This allows the children to use critical skills such as math, decision-making, social skills and other important life skills with the guidance of their teachers.