Fifteen families throughout the Fort Bend ISD community will benefit from the generosity and caring spirit of Bush High School students and staff who took part in the school’s Holiday Sleigh project. Initiated by social studies teacher, Jan Robertson, the annual event provides gifts, toiletries and food items to families identified as needing assistance by Fort Bend ISD social workers.
Student organizations (including the National Honor Society, AVID, JROTC, Student Council, Latino Club and several others) donated gift items on the recipients’ wish lists. The school then scheduled a day for recipients to pick up their holiday packages. As guests arrived, they were greeted by “Santa Claus” and his “elves,” who offered good tidings and wishes for a happy holiday.
“This is my first year being a part of the project,” said Adrias Covington, who greeted guests as Santa. “I’m happy I did, because this is the true meaning of Christmas and a blessing for so many people.”
Robertson began the Holiday Sleigh project as a community service activity for her social studies students. “My idea was to have students experience the rewards of giving back to the community,” she said. “When people found out what we were doing, they wanted to be involved in the project; so, it quickly grew from a classroom activity to a school-wide initiative.”
Robertson and her cohorts are already making plans for next year’s event; and if this year’s event is any indication, it will definitely be a success.