WEST ALLIS -- Oconomowoc High School students participated in the Adopt-A-School Program, and delivered Christmas gifts to students at West Allis' Horace Mann Elementary School. It was a chance to make sure some of Santa's biggest fans get a special visit, and some special Christmas treats.
Jennifer Starke White is a marketing teacher at Oconomowoc High School. She and Oconomowoc High students read a few hundred Horace Mann student wish lists, and gathered the corresponding gifts. Then, on Tuesday, it was time to deliver the presents to the kids. "They don't have the privilege of a great Christmas every year, and seeing the expression on their faces is just priceless. My second favorite part is watching my students become parents, because they fall into this parental role, and it's just so fun to watch them play with the children," Starke White said.
The event is one that Starke White hopes will inspire the high school students to continue to reach down and do what they can to help those who look up to them, as they climb their career ladders in the future.
Each of the nearly six dozen Oconomowoc High School students involved in the program are members of the school's DECA Marketing Club. This year marks the sixth year the high school has helped Santa coordinate his efforts at a local elementary school.