IB students “Adopt a Family” for Christmas
For many, Christmas is a time for giving, and this is especially true for the Tri-County International Baccalaureate students.
During this year’s holiday season, IB students adopted a family for Christmas and recently purchased and wrapped their gifts.
According to Deana Worth, the IB teacher who is in charge of IB adopting a family, Jobs and Family Services accept applications from families encountering tough times.
The IB program is then provided with the children’s first names and their wish lists before going shopping to prepare an entire holiday haul.
Molly Kilbourne (11), Beth Clayton (11) and Adam Kirk (11) are some of the IB juniors who are volunteering.
Students are in charge of individual tasks, such as gift wrapping or collecting donations.
According to Kilbourne, this year’s family has three children and a mother, so the students are aiming to buy gifts for the entire family.
“I think the holidays is a time when people who are less fortunate really feel that they are less fortunate,” Clayton said.
According to Worth, IB students collected over $600 from other IB students and staff members in order to purchase gifts for a family.
One of the children’s wishes was an Xbox 360, so the IB students managed to get a refurbished Xbox 360 from GameStop, and they received donations of Xbox 360 games for the child.
Clayton hopes the family will enjoy their gifts, which are a mix between practical needs and the family’s wishes.