Monday, December 16, 2013

Day 68 - Giving Back to the Gillespie Center

Today's post is from Mindy Anderson, Director of The Gillespie Center 

MWHS Pride is shining brightly through the DECA students who volunteer in our local community. For several years, the DECA students have volunteered at The Gillespie Center’s Santa’s Hidden Treasures Event in December. The DECA students also volunteer throughout the year at The Gillespie Center and pitch in when we need extra help.

The Santa’s Hidden Treasures Event is a fun filled family holiday event where kids of all ages secretly buy holiday gifts for their family & friends; kids participate in holiday activities and get their photo taken with Santa. This event brings together the youth, families, the MWHS students and the Senior Citizens from the Westonka area.

The DECA students are totally involved with the entire event from set-up to break down of the event. The DECA students help the kids make up their shopping lists, assist the kids with their shopping and encourage the kids take part in the activities. The DECA students also serve as volunteers in the kitchen, ticket sales, wrapping gifts and helping with Santa photos. The last couple of years, we have also been fortunate to have the MWHS Wrestling Cheerleaders volunteer as well.

What a joy it is to see all the kids, the MWHS students and the Senior Citizens celebrating the holiday together. The Gillespie Center is filled with lots of laughter and smiling faces getting into the holiday spirit.

The MWHS DECA students are a friendly, hard working and caring group. It is a pleasure working with them at The Gillespie Center. The DECA Teacher Advisors also do a fantastic job and lead by example to create an enthusiastic team. The DECA students should be very proud of all good things that you do for your school and community. I look forward to working with this outstanding group of students and staff in the future. Happy Holidays!

Mindy with a few DECA students

Helping students buy gifts

Helping in the kitchen

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