Newport school administrators, teachers, and students give less fortunate "The Christmas Experience"

12/24/2016 10:15 AM

NEWPORT – The Newport Independent School District tried to spread some Christmas cheer to it’s less fortunate families by hosting a Christmas Experience event at Newport High School.

The event, sponsored by The Newport High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, gives students from Newport’s most impoverished families an opportunity to have a happy holiday experience including receiving a new toy, clothing, book, and a visit with Santa Claus, among other things.

Newport High School business teacher Jennifer Michael says that many of the kids would receive nothing during the holiday season if it wasn’t for the event.

The district is 90 percent, free and reduced lunch, so the limited invitations to the event were extended to the most needy families.

“What we did was narrow our families down that are considered homeless, the kids that don’t have a consistent place to lay their head down at night,” Michael said. “We will be serving 100 kids and have approximately 200 people here.”

Newport High School junior Caroline Wallace, whose family was needy at one time, likes the fact that she is able to help those less fortunate, like she was years ago.

“Being able to give back and make kids experience Christmas, makes you feel really good about yourself,” Wallace said.

This marked the first year that the event has been held and the goal is for it to become an annual holiday tradition in the district.


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