Sunday, December 15, 2013
Students at the Charleston County School of the Arts are reaching out to help others in two unique ways this holiday season.
In one effort, National Honor Society students organize and sponsor an Angel Tree for the 60 Hursey Elementary School students they tutor weekly through the Liberty Hill Literacy program. “Working so closely with the Hursey Elementary School students on a daily basis, the students from SOA’s National Honor Society recognized that many of the children from the program came from homes that were struggling for money. So for the last three years, the National Honor Society has organized and sponsored an Angel Tree for each of the 60 kids who attend the program,” said faculty sponsor Kirk Lindgren.
The Angel Tree sponsors - consisting of SOA faculty, staff, students, parents and school clubs - are asked to give $50 worth of toys, clothes and educational gifts to the students of the program. The Angel Tree gifts will be collected by the SOA students on Friday, Dec. 13, and the presents will be wrapped during lunches from Dec, 16 through Dec. 19. The National Honor Society members will then hold a present reveal party with the children they tutor on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Felix Pinckney Community Center.
In addition to that effort, SOA and Academic Magnet High School Teacher Cadets “adopted” 32 new teachers at Northwoods Middle School and surprised them with teacher supply gift baskets and thank-you notes with meaningful and inspiring quotes about teaching.
The cadets collected school supply items from SOA students, faculty and staff and created 32 gift baskets. They then personally wrote 32 thank-you cards with educational quotes that meant something to them.
“These cadets aspire to be teachers and have learned that your first year may be full of surprises,” said Michelle Gorritti, Teacher Cadet Faculty Sponsor. “They wanted to surprise these teachers to show them thanks for their hard work.”
Just before the Thanksgiving break on Tuesday, Nov. 26, the cadets presented their gift baskets and notes of encouragement to new teachers at Northwoods Middle School.