A group of Grimsley High students as they deliver
donated toys to Gillespie Park Elementary.
A service-learning project in the school collected more than 700 gifts
"The holiday spirit is alive and well at Grimsley High School. During the past few weeks, students collected more than 700 toys for elementary school children who may have gone without gifts this year. The generosity of the students is heart-warming, especially the generosity of freshman Alondra Ruiz.
Inspired by a recent service trip to Greensboro Urban Ministry and the toy drive posters up in the school, Ruiz asked her friends and family to donate gifts to the cause instead of buying her presents for her Quinceañera. They came through, donating more than 100 gifts.
“My visit to Urban Ministries really opened my eyes to people in need,” said Ruiz. “I have everything I need, so I wanted to give back to those who don’t.”
Students all over the school got into the spirit, including Mollie Winstead, who collected more than 100 toys by putting bins in family and friend’s offices. By the end, English teacher Kathleen Saunder’s classroom was filled with gifts.
“We had to have class in the media center the last few days, because there isn’t room for us to sit,” said Winstead.
The toy drive is part of their lessons, using math, business management skills and tying into community themes in their English classes.
On Wednesday, the students loaded half of the donations onto a bus and delivered them to Morehead and Gillespie Park Elementary schools.
“Our social worker identified students who will be very grateful for these gifts,” said Joseph Stone, principal of Gillespie Park, when the students dropped off the donations. “And we as the adults who look after these kids are very grateful knowing that they will have a happier holiday, because of what you’re doing.”
The Grimsley students will deliver the rest of the toys to Jones and Sternberger Elementary schools on Thursday.
About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, serves nearly 72,200 K-12 students at 127 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, the district’s mission is to graduate responsible citizens who are prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice. Guilford County Schools is a national leader in providing specialized schools and instructional programs designed to meet the educational needs of a culturally diverse citizenship. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com."
- A Press Release