Middle school and high school students
team up to shop for local children
Both schools raised $1,300 and shopped for 13 angels
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 4:00 PM
LOVELOCK - The Pershing County High School and middle school leadership classes teamed up to help make some children's Christmas a little more abundant.
ALICIA CRAIG • The Lovelock Review-Miner
Middle school student Daralyn Moura (left) and high school student Tad Milich (right) are joined by high school leadership teacher Matthew Schottel in wrapping presents for the angel that was taken off the Angel Tree.
Through a penny drive at both schools and a carnation sale at the middle school, the students gathered $1,300 and shopped for 13 children this Christmas. Before heading out to the Walmart in Fallon, middle school and high school students were partnered together, then given their angel with the age, size and wish list of a child from the Angel Tree, along with $100 in an envelope. The students arrived at the store with a mission to find just the right presents within their budget.
"It was hard finding the sizes," said ninth-grader Tad Milich.
Jake Cerini shopped for an 11- year-old boy who did not have a wish list of toys.
"I got him a football 'cause that's what I would have wanted when I was 11," Cerini said.
Sixth-grader Makenna Houston said she didn't realize how hard shopping could be.
"This is a good bonding experience for the middle schoolers and high schoolers," middle school leadership teacher Cassie Fuller said.
One student went a step further and used his own money to buy a bike to make a special Christmas for one lucky boy.
"Well, he wanted a bike but that would have taken up most of the money we had for him, so I went ahead and got it anyway," Jared Brinkerhoff said. "I hope he likes it."
All of the students seemed to be happy that they were making other children happy.