AHS Senior English Classes Volunteer to Give Back

Senior English Classes Volunteer to Give Back
Posted on 12/14/2017
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A.H.S. Senior English Classes Volunteer to Give Back

This year Anna High School Seniors divided up to volunteer to help the community out with the angel tree initiative. The idea started with and was presented by Senior English teacher, Sharon Walters. Mrs. Walters gave her classes the option to adopt angels, which is a project that she has been doing for the past ten years as a teacher.  Mrs. Walters has taught various levels from 9th to 12th grades and said, “I have never had a class vote no.”  She said, “The biggest advantage to having seniors do the project is that many of them work and drive, so they were able to handle more of the tasks independently.”

According to Walters, “One person from each class went to the bank and selected the angels based on the gender and age the class had chosen.  Then another person from each class delivered the packages to the bank for their class.” This year, Mrs. Walters collaborated with AP English teacher, Kyle Motley. Mr. Motley said, “I didn't assume the seniors would be more involved than other classes, but I know that seniors are at a point in their young adult lives where giving back to their community will benefit them going forward.” Motley explained both his and Walter’s “seniors gathered donations through their English IV classes to go toward the adoption of several angels as part of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Christmas Assistance program. Students met at Walmart on December 2nd to purchase gifts for their class period's Angel. Afterward, the students chose to meet at either Olive Garden or Buffalo Wild Wings to spend time in fellowship with one another.”

Senior Fellowship Since Mrs. Walters has been doing this project, she said, “One of the most touching observations that I make almost every year is that the students who give the most are often those who have very little themselves.” This year, Mrs. Walter’s classes adopted six angels.  Motley observed that “students were enthusiastic and [he] saw the initiative as the ideal opportunity to give back to their community this time of year.” The items purchased ranged from clothes and shoes to games, toys, and assorted gadgets. The items were delivered by several A.H.S. seniors on December 7th.

Seniors at Walmart buying gift donations Doing this project goes to show that sometimes the greatest lessons don’t come from textbooks but instead they come from the heart. Mrs. Walters is all about teaching life lessons saying, “Angel tree has always been one of the most important lessons I get to teach in a school year--be willing to help others because something very small can make a big difference.”

Senior Angel tree

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