Santa Maria’s Head Start Receives Gifts from Edinburg National Honor Society Students
Posted on 12/17/2012
as written by Raul Garcia Jr.
The Santa Maria Head start students were welcomed by Santa Claus and then Edinburg’s National Honor Society from South Texas Preparatory Academy showed up to their classroom with bags of toys.
“It’s a lot of work and the kids feel compassion, said Manuel Uribe, STPA Science Teacher. “They realize how fortunate they are and they like to give back to the community.
Santa Maria has a total of 72 Head start students and that morning they were preparing for their upcoming Christmas recital and working on daily assignments when the STPA eighth graders came into their classrooms and laid plenty of toys for them to choose from. One by one each student had a chance to go up to the pile of toys and scan them for the one they wanted.
The toys ranged from big to small boys and girls fitted for any three or four year old.
Twenty-three students made the trip to Santa Maria’s Tony Gonzalez Elementary with a total count of over 100 gifts.
Santa Maria teacher aid Norma Longoria said, “They make a big effort to collect these gifts and they get their entire school to donate.”
The National Honor Society students said it feels great to be able to come out and help out all the kids and see them smiling.
“We definitely had to get all the school involved, so that was a lot of fun encouraging all of our students to bring the toys,” said Madison Ticas. “We all acted as a group together and we all pitched in with what we could.”
Ticas said we told the whole school and they did a really good job.