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Joy of giving is abundant within HUSD

Gifts collected at Coyote Spring School. (Courtesy HUSD)

Gifts collected at Coyote Spring School. (Courtesy HUSD)

Throughout the past few weeks the holiday spirit has been shining bright in all corners of the Humboldt Unified School District (HUSD). There has been a flood of giving to our families from our amazing community. Businesses and community members alike have come together during this season of giving to provide for our families in one way or another.

This past October Body and Sole of Prescott contacted the HUSD Family Resource Center looking to provide gifts to our families that may need some help during the holidays. Within one week, 36 families submitted wish lists with items ranging from clothes and shoes to blankets and toys. Body and Sole placed a tree in their lobby with wish tags created from the family’s information. Customers and employees selected a wish tag and bought gifts based on the family’s needs. Some very generous customers and employees purchased, wrapped and delivered every item on each family’s wish list to Body and Sole.

Families came to the district office to pick up their gifts just before the holiday break. Some were moved to tears (of joy) when they realized that every item on their list had been purchased. There are 36 families celebrating the holidays with a bigger smile on their faces thanks to many giving people in our community. HUSD appreciates everyone involved with this wonderful act of giving.

Coyote Springs Elementary also experienced the gift of giving this past week. Second grade teacher Yvonne Berry has brought a program to the school each year where she asks for donation of items to fill shoeboxes. These boxes full of donated items are usually sent to kids in need all over the world. This year Mrs. Berry saw a need closer to home. She stated “Many of our kids come to school hungry, without the proper clothing (too small or too big) and have very little to call their own at home.” With the help of ACE Hardware in Prescott Valley, My Kid’s Dentist, and Coyote staff’s anonymous donations the gifts were donated to students at Coyote that may not have gifts at this time of year. Over 50 students received gifts out of this act of kindness. Mrs. Berry shared, “the smiles on their faces as they received the gifts were priceless.” Mrs. Berry wants the students at Coyote to know how much our community values them. Thank you again to our community partners for their support to make this season magical for the children.

There was also news of giving from the HUSD Food and Nutrition Department. They have a program called the “Angel Account.” This account is for anyone wanting to donate money to pay down negative lunch balances. Meal debt is something that no child should have to think about at school. The Food and Nutrition department has had more than $300 donated this semester to relieve negative meal account balances. Currently, 551 students have negative balances on their accounts ranging from a few dollars up to over $40. Even small donations combined can help dismiss negative balances. The Food and Nutrition Department accepts donations throughout the year. For more information on this program please call 759-5014.

Thank you to our community for the continued support of our district, our employees and most of all our students. Have a wonderful holiday season and a safe and joyous New Year.

Information provided by Humboldt Unified School District.

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