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2018-2019 News and Information
IMPACT ECHS Student Council Members Collect Toys

santa, student and Impact mascot pose for photo


students prepare gifts at table


2 students work at table.


IMPACT ECHS Student Council members, with the guidance of their sponsor Keith Brown, collected toys to donate to needy children as they have for the past few years. This Christmas, though, they didn’t want to just drop off the toys to a church or other location. They wanted to actually hand out the toys to the children. They had the idea of hosting an event here on the IMPACT campus, and inviting children and their families to enjoy cookies and hot cocoa, and maybe even have a Santa give them the toys. Their idea started growing when they thought of what other clubs might be able to contribute to the event: the Dance Club could entertain with a performance, the Book Club could read Christmas stories, the Art Club could provide face painting, other clubs and general volunteers could play other games, greet families, and serve the cookies and cocoa, and so on. Since we partner with San Jacinto Elementary for our Big Brothers Big Sisters program, they provided a list of approximately 100 students and their siblings and helped us pass out invitations. On the day of the event, children who attended were given their photo with Santa to take home with them, had cookies and cocoa, participated in crafts, had their faces painted, played games, had a reading corner, and lots of other fun activities in addition to receiving gifts that were donated by our Spartans, our Baytown Chamber of Commerce Partner in Education Pure Salt, and one family took home a toy-filled stocking donated by Fischer’s Hardware. As excited as the children were to receive gifts, the time families spent together was a gift in itself, and they hope to make this an annual event.


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