One of the Pillars of Character taught in NISD schools is caring, and students and staff epitomize that pillar trait every day, but especially during the holidays. Here are a few examples.
Students at Michael ES showed their caring spirit this holiday season by working on a service project for Westover Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center and Lakeside Care Center. The students created reindeer placemats, Christmas tree ornaments, and Christmas cards. Pictured are (from l-r, front row) Aidan Gonzalez, Sebastian Lujan, T.J. Alvarez, and John Tejeda; and (back row) Jaden Vidal, Jeslyn Vidal, Leslie Olguin, Jiana Tejeda, Alyssa Ramon, and Gabby Ramon.
The Jazz Band at Rawlinson MS performed during the Stone Oak Winter Celebration held at the North Central Baptist Hospital. This celebration sponsors the “Living Through Giving” program that helps to insure as many children possible will receive a gift for the holidays.
For the past three years, art students from Driggers ES have decorated the tree for their neighbors at the Teicher Student Services Building. Each time, the students used ordinary items such as water bottles and paper and other recyclable items to create a beautiful work of art. Pictured with their creation are the students with their teacher, Dana Yaklin.
Student Council members from Rudder MS helped Elf Louise wrap presents as a service project, and ended up learning about their community and having fun too. Students told their sponsor, Rebecca Gonzalez, that they didn’t realize that there were so many less fortunate children in their city. “It was such a wonderful life lesson of the joy of giving,” Gonzalez said. Pictured are the students who participated.
Holmes HS/Business Careers HS
Members of the Holmes/Business Careers High School orchestra performed at the Don Strange Ranch’s Light Fest during the holiday season. Students participating included Matthew Christman, Ramiro Villarreal, Bazsha Ocanas, and Abby Miklaucic, violin; David Medina, Madison Downing, and John Wilborn, viola; Analisa Sanchez, William Wyant, and Caleb Smith, cello; and Christan Brewer, bass.
In addition, the orchestra played at the San Antonio Police Department during their holiday luncheon. Click here to see a story about it.
Performance at Don Strange Ranch's Light Fest.
Students who performed at the SAPD luncheon.
Students at Pease MS got into the spirit of giving when former Jay HS track stand outs Brandon McCoy and Christ Mercer challenged each other to a good old grudge match to help collect food for the San Antonio Food Bank. Student brought a canned food item to attend the races and cheer on their favorite athlete. The school was able to raise more than 600 pounds of food. Teachers and students joined the fun by challenging each other to head to head 100 yard dashes. End the end, McCoy was the victor and Mercer has challenged him to a rematch next year. Pictured (from l-r) are Mercer and McCoy.
Meadow Village ES
Students at Meadow Village ES held their first Food Drive to help Southwest Texas families in need. Coordinated by the Student Council, students and staff donated 2,063 pounds, which was donated to the San Antonio Food Bank. Classes with the most donated items received a Pizza Party sponsored by Peter Piper Pizza with a Meet and Greet from Rocky the Dinosaur. Winning classes were Debra Marshall’s fourth grade class, Ashley Cain’s third grade class, and Stephanie Jones’ kindergarten class.
The sixth grade advisory classes at Bernal MS submitted proposals for conducting a December Community Service Project. Four advisories submitted a proposal for holding a canned food and clothing drive. Students and staff eagerly donated gently used clothing to the Salvation Army and canned goods to the Food Bank. As a reward for the school’s service, students and staff earned the right to wear pajamas on Dec. 17. Pictured are students from sixth grade advisories and members of the administration team.