IB students and staff adopt a family around the holidays
The International Baccalaureate students, housed at WHS, are making the holidays extra special for one local family this year.
Through Jobs and Family Services, the IB students and staff each made and collected donations in order to adopt a family for the holidays and provide them with gifts for Christmas, according to Deana Worth, the IB math teacher aiding the students with this project.
According to Julia Tefs (11), one of the students in charge of this year’s efforts, the students and staff raised around $750 this year in donations.
“Some people gave $100 and some gave $5, and we were thankful for all the money we got,” Tefs said.
This year, the family that was selected for them to sponsor was rather large, allowing the students the opportunity to shop for five children and one mother.
“The kids’ ages range from 18 months to 11 years old, so shopping for all of them was really fun. The shopping was the best part because you’re kind of a real life santa. The kids will be able to enjoy a big Christmas this year even if their family can’t afford it,” Anna Savage (11) said.
Tefs concurred with Savage about the rewards of giving.
“I think the best part will be on Christmas morning when we will get to know that we made a difference to this family’s life,” Tefs said.
This is the third year the IB students have participated in the adoption of a family, first getting involved in 2014.