Students from the Grissom High School Key Club and Student Council wanted to bring holiday joy to some McDonnell Elementary Students on Christmas Eve.
The two groups raised money to purchase gifts for several ESL (English as a Second Language) students in the school’s Pathway Program. The Grissom students had Santa and his helpers sing and pass out presents to the Elementary students. The experience provided many of these kids their very first experience with Santa Claus.
The Pathways program teaches new ELS students about culture and tradition with the purpose of giving the students a welcoming feeling to the school and a sense of family.
Amy Bergeson, the lead ESL teacher at McDonnell Elementary, said she was “so excited” when the students said they would bring presents for her kids at the school. She said it “takes a lot of pressure off” of the staff, and it “makes us feel really good knowing that these kids are going to have a good Christmas.”