by Adrienne Young
When my daughter Amber was a junior at Cheltenham High School she was also on their Charities Committee. In 2004, they were looking for a new organization purchase holiday gifts for, annually. Amber immediately said, “What about Easter Seals?!” Since then, the tradition has continued. This is the twelfth year that each homeroom at Cheltenham is given names of several preschoolers in the Bucks Division, and based on what their favorite toy items are, has made gift purchases with their own money.
The Charities Committee comes with Mr. Hasty, their Advisor, in a truck loaded with presents for every child in our building. They participate in our Holiday Sing-a-Long and then spend time with the preschoolers and their family members chatting, playing games and eating pizza. Watching our preschoolers open their gifts with excitement puts smiles on the faces of all of the Cheltenham students. I also see this relationship as a gift to the high school students, because they are learning the importance of giving and making a difference in the lives of others.
We so appreciate their generosity and look forward to continuing this tradition with Cheltenham High School for many years to come.