RICHLAND, Wash. - Staffers at Jefferson Elementary School along with
students at Hanford High School are spreading goodwill with some help from the
Together they provided gifts and food baskets for 67 families who
have kids who attend the school.
It's something that's important to the staff because 70% of their students
qualify for free or reduced meals, so staff have been fundraising all year to
make sure their kids have a happy holiday. Peggy Simkins, who is a teacher's
aide put on fundraising events all year to raise $3,000. The money was used to
buy $50 gift cards for families in need from Winco.
But, even throughout the year the staff take care of their students.
staff buys shoes for kids all the time through out the year,coats, anything they
need. they need their basic needs met before they can learn," said Suzie Oram,
Jefferson's Guidance Counselor.
She said they always keep extra sucks and
underwear in their health room for the kids that need it too.
"We collected over
200 presents from our school and we had 37 families. and then we wrapped them
and got them all together and brought them here," said Junior Sarah Giomi.
Each child received a toy, an outfit and a pair of shoes. Anne Chapman from
Perspective Salon in Richland also created 37 food basket to give to the
families in need.
"It takes a huge burden off our shoulders. and we're just really thankful,"
said Ashley Bernado who has six children, five of which go the