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CPCSC Angel Trees Help Hundreds of Students

The holidays are a time for giving, and our CPCSC students and families supported hundreds of  students in our school community through giving opportunities this winter.

Crown Point High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) hosted their annual Angel Tree for both the Salvation Army and MacArthur Elementary. 100 families received gifts through the Salvation Army and 40 MacArthur students received gifts this year. Among the gifts were games, toys, clothing, and even brand new bikes. NHS advisors Katelyn Kries and Angela Taraskiewicz said they received more bikes this year than years before.

NHS officer Elena Iloski said she hopes the gifts bring a smile to families and create a positive change. Fellow NHS officer Seth Gozo agreed. “I understand that life can be tough sometimes,” he said. “Providing them with something like these gifts hopefully gives them some light especially for the holidays.” Seth also noted that in light of COVID, their NHS chapter believed it was essential to help families at this time of year.

At Colonel Wheeler Middle School, students collected gloves, hats, and scarves for children at the Cedar Lake Boys and Girls Club. As donations were brought to school, the students decorated a holiday tree with the items. 

Angel trees at Timothy Ball, Eisenhower, Solon, and Jerry Ross Elementary Schools provided gifts for another 50 families. Jerry Ross Student Council sponsor Brandy Sims said they received enough donations to double their goal of students who received gifts, and families received a grocery gift card as well.

Additional community organizations provided donations at our schools, including:

  • Crown Point Rotary

  • Merrillville Rotary

  • St. Constantine Church

  • Crown Point Mayor’s Office

  • Crown Point Police 

  • Lions Club at Lake of the Four Seasons

  • Lake of the Four Seasons (LOFS)

 

NHS Members pose with gifts

NHS members pose with some of the gifts collected as part of their angel tree.

 

NHS member riding a bike in the school hallway

NHS students "test drive" a donated bike in the hallway at CPHS. Just making sure it works!

 

Students at Col. Wheeler Middle School show off their angel tree decorated with hats, gloves, and scarves.

Students at Col. Wheeler Middle School show off their angel tree decorated with hats, gloves, and scarves.

 

Eisenhower students place angel tags on their tree at the start of the holiday season.

Eisenhower students place angel tags on their tree at the start of the holiday season.

 

 

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