The holidays are a time for giving, and our CPCSC students and families supported hundreds of students in our school community through giving opportunities this winter.
Crown Point High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) hosted their annual Angel Tree for both the Salvation Army and MacArthur Elementary. 100 families received gifts through the Salvation Army and 40 MacArthur students received gifts this year. Among the gifts were games, toys, clothing, and even brand new bikes. NHS advisors Katelyn Kries and Angela Taraskiewicz said they received more bikes this year than years before.
NHS officer Elena Iloski said she hopes the gifts bring a smile to families and create a positive change. Fellow NHS officer Seth Gozo agreed. “I understand that life can be tough sometimes,” he said. “Providing them with something like these gifts hopefully gives them some light especially for the holidays.” Seth also noted that in light of COVID, their NHS chapter believed it was essential to help families at this time of year.
At Colonel Wheeler Middle School, students collected gloves, hats, and scarves for children at the Cedar Lake Boys and Girls Club. As donations were brought to school, the students decorated a holiday tree with the items.
Angel trees at Timothy Ball, Eisenhower, Solon, and Jerry Ross Elementary Schools provided gifts for another 50 families. Jerry Ross Student Council sponsor Brandy Sims said they received enough donations to double their goal of students who received gifts, and families received a grocery gift card as well.
Additional community organizations provided donations at our schools, including:
Crown Point Rotary
St. Constantine Church
Crown Point Mayor’s Office
Crown Point Police
Lions Club at Lake of the Four Seasons
Lake of the Four Seasons (LOFS)