THS angel tree produces holiday giving
The Tuscola High School Counseling Center has had great success in its Thanksgiving and Christmas efforts to help students in need. This year, the center gave 31 complete Thanksgiving meals, took 33 students to the annual Kmart Shopping trip sponsored by Evergreen Packaging, completed 47 referral forms for Rotary Christmas baskets, and helped facilitated 67 students for the Christmas Angel Tree. Baron Rogers' history class raised enough money to buy gifts for 15 students.
"The counseling center has been blown away by the staff and student support given this year," said Sherri Christopher, one of the organizers for the effort.
As an example, an email was sent out to staff requesting any amount of money donations — if someone felt led to donate — to make sure all students were given Christmas "evenly and fairly," plus to fill any missing items. Within in three days the center had more than $400 given for these efforts.
"Especially in this bleak economic time, we are humbled by the generosity, the love, and the support given to the students at Tuscola," said Christopher. "Also, several churches and the VFW have had an impact and gave generously for the efforts made."
The counseling center is grateful to all the teachers, clubs and others, including the SWAT Team, FCA, and Mr. Pressley's math club, for organizing efforts with their students to donate money and items —" said counseling center coordinator Julia Plott — "not to mention numerous teachers who donated food, money on their own. THS was very very blessed this year and had the opportunity to help many students, more than we ever have been able to in the past.
The counseling center's theme was "it takes a village to raise a child."