Wahpeton Middle School students giving Christmas cheer to families in needWahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - Students at Wahpeton's Middle School are making it a tradition to take care of the community. Instead of giving each other gifts this holiday, they're passing presents to children who could use some Christmas cheer.
Students at Wahpeton's Middle School are making it a tradition to take care of the community. Instead of giving each other gifts this holiday, they're passing presents to children who could use some Christmas cheer.
This pile of presents will soon be nestled under Christmas trees of families in need.
Joncy Mastel – 6th Grade Student: "I think the kids who are getting the presents will get a lot out of it."
Riley Breuer - 6th Grade Student: "We gotta buy stuff for kids who don't get that sort of stuff often."
For 13 years, Wahpeton Middle School's Science Teacher Tim Kaiser has sent his students to the store on a mission to purchase presents.
Tim Kaiser - Teacher: "Just bring in what they normally spend on a gift, and pool all that money to go out and see what we can do for needy families."
The sixth grade show off the wrapped packages filled with toys and clothing.
Tim Kaiser: "I think they enjoy the giving process. I think it makes them feel good from within."
This year, thanks to donations, the students got to spend $53.
Joncy Mastel: "I got her some pillow pets some makeup
Riley Breuer: "I got a couple cars for this 5 year old boy, Transformers..."
This isn't all. There are six more bags just like this in other classrooms giving 19 other children in the community will be able to play with these presents on Christmas."
Riley Breuer: "It was fun, I would like to do it again."
Joncy Mastel: "I think it was fun process and we should keep on doing it."
This mission is more than just a math lesson. It helps the children celebrate Christmas and the joy of giving. Students are passing the presents along to Social Services tonight.