A couple of less fortunate children in the area are going to have a special Christmas this year thanks to the generosity of eighth graders at Miller Middle School.
Students each brought in $1 and some donated more to buy presents for a 3-year-old and 7-year-old who are in need. They selected the two lucky recipients from the Angel Tree program of the Salvation Army.
Miller students raised more than $300 and five students got to do the fun part Thursday - get out of class and go shopping at Walmart for presents for the youngsters.
T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER
Five Miller Middle School eighth grade students purchased gifts for those in need Thursday at Walmart with money raised by the entire class. Pictured with the toys purchased are, from left, Macey Lolwing, Jazmin Ibarra, David Barlow, Cody Songkhamdet and Demiko Deng.
They were accompanied by Miller teacher Shea Stalzer. She said this teaches students that even small acts like giving $1 can add up if they do it together.
"All together, if they all donate, then they can do big things," Stalzer said.
Miller student Macey Lolwing said this teaches them to not be selfish and to think of others.
"It makes me feel really good," Lolwing said.
The students purchased a bike, skateboard and wide range of toys with the money they raised. Student David Barlow said he feels the recipients of these toys are going to be excited this holiday.
"I always love getting big presents for Christmas like a bike so I'm glad these kids can get it too," Barlow said.