Coronado and Franklin high schools students set aside their competitive spirit on Friday, December 7 as they got together to collect toys, clothing, shoes and gifts for students at Douglass Elementary.
Student council members from both schools started the Holiday Blessings Drive five years ago at Zavala Elementary, picking a different school each year to visit.
The high schoolers welcomed each grade level into the school’s choir room, where Santa Claus and stacks of boxes awaited each student.
Before each student received their gifts they were made to take an oath and promise not to open — or even try and get a peek — of their gifts until Christmas morning.
Student Council students pick an elementary at the beginning of the school year, meeting with the principal and counselor to coordinate the project.
The elementary in turn is responsible for providing students’ clothing and shoe sizes, as well as what the students have asked for on their holiday wish list.
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