Each year, the community comes together in unity to give back to those less fortunate. With all the clubs and extra-curricular activities at WCHS, there are ample opportunities to get involved. For instance, there are several clubs taking part in Secret Santa this year.
Secret Santa is a program where anyone who feels like helping others will be given the age and gender of an underprivileged child or children. They are also given a few items on the child’s ‘wish list’ to get an idea of the type of personality their kid has. Several clubs taking part in the program include FFA, FBLA, YLA, and Mu Alpha Theta
When Sophia Steigleder, president of YLA, claimed:
“We’ve been doing Secret Santa for years, so it has become a tradition. This will also be our second year making ornaments for the senior citizens, and we have been given great reviews. Everyone enjoys making them and receiving them.”
Secret Santa is not the only way the school is helping the community this year. Skylar Bogan will continue her annual shoebox project this year. Skylar, founder of Skylar’s Shoebox Project, said:
“When I was ten years old, my mom and I were driving through Parkersburg when I first saw people living under the 5th Street Bridge in tents and all sorts of things. I then wanted to come up with a way to help them. My first idea was to have my mom make soup to take down under the bridge to serve. However, she told me that I would have to find a different way to help those people. At the time, she worked in the emergency room and I hung out there sometimes. I was very familiar with the boxed lunches that they served to the patients at the hospital. I decided to utilize shoeboxes because everyone throws them out when they’re finished with them, and everyone wears shoes. Each box has a sweet snack, a salty snack, a drink, a hat, a pair of gloves, and a pair of socks, and a sandwich. We have added other odds and ends throughout the years. People can drop them off in the office and I will take care of it from there.”
Stepping outside of the box, the Student Leadership Team decided they wanted to do something different. Natalie Wells stated:
“Well we started a Christmas tree for Seth and Shay so that they can get clothes from the school. All of the donations for this will be accepted until the 22nd. We are also talking about walking around town and giving people hot chocolate and blankets.”
The Student Success Group decided to do something different as well. They will be hosting a competition among DG’s to see who can bring in the most winter clothes. They named the competition Hoodies for the Homeless. The competition started December 15th, and donations were dropped off to the Latrobe Street Mission December 18th.
To conclude, our community is very involved when it comes to giving back. Organizations here at WCHS are maintaining expectations and continuing to Lead, Learn, and Thrive.