The pleasant joy of giving
Students learn that sharing creates good will
By TARYN WHITE
LAREDO MORNING TIMES
Published: Friday, December 19, 2008 4:31 AM CST
Students from Dr. Cantu Health Science Magnet School spent Thursday afternoon delivering new shoes to Head Start classrooms in Laredo.
The students form the Global Health Club, an extracurricular club that works year-round to give back to the community.
"It was awesome to see the kids so happy when they got their shoes," said Lizette Sandoval, a club officer.
Around 100 students collected donations after Thanksgiving to buy shoes for low-income kids.
According to Kamel Shrek, teacher and club director at the magnet school, the students solicited donations from family and friends.
The students raised around $600 to buy 40 pairs of shoes.
"We wish we could do more," Shrek said.
"But I am very happy with how hard the students have worked."
As well as providing shoes for children at Guadalupe, Meadow Acres and Russell Terrace Head Start centers, the students brought cake and juice for a Christmas party.
For many of the children, the afternoon's highlight was meeting Santa Claus.
"The kids didn't know exactly who was coming, but they knew something was going to happen," said Monica Farias, a Head Start teacher at Guadalupe.
"It's great. The young kids get to see the older kids giving.
It really teaches them the holidays are about giving to others."
Farias and Head Start teachers chose students based on their observations of who was most needy.
"We made sure to choose the kids who we knew wouldn't get that much of a Christmas this year," Farias said.
"We also wanted to pick kids whose shoes we saw were worn out."
Global Health Club students would like to repeat their great experience.
(Taryn White may be reached at 728-2568 or firstname.lastname@example.org)