WHS is Giving for the Holidays
Waller High School (WHS) students and staff always work together to take care of each other, but especially during the holiday season. This year the WHS family participated in 5 Weeks of Giving in which they collected canned goods and nonperishable items to distribute to families. The idea was brought forward by Waller ISD (WISD) Community Youth Service Specialist Brandy McWilliams. This was the first year for the event and over 500 items were collected.
“When the idea presented itself I thought what a neat idea to give back and show gratitude to others within our community for those that are really struggling this year,” McWilliams said.
Over the fall semester, students have been learning about the Character Strong program where staff have been presenting lessons, videos, and dares to students to encourage them to start exploring their character, feelings, and showing gratitude toward others. McWilliams decided this was a good opportunity to introduce students in helping their fellow students and families.
“It is always important to involve our students in ways to help others in their community,” McWilliams said. “Considering the limitations due to the pandemic, we felt this would be a good opportunity to serve those who are in need, and a good way to involve the students.”
To add excitement and engage staff and students, WHS made 5 Weeks of Giving a competition where the department and classroom that collected the most items would win a special prize. The winning department was Fine Arts, with the Social Studies Department the runner-up. The class that collected the most items was Band. They will receive their prizes after returning from Winter Break.
The donated items were given to families in the WHS Angel Tree program, a program where WHS staff anonymously provides clothes, toys, and other items as gifts for the holidays.This year, the Angel Tree and 5 Weeks of Giving programs served 16 families and a total of 55 children.
McWilliams has received support from various local organizations in helping WISD families. Many of these organizations reached out to the school wanting to provide toys, clothing, meals and services to be given to families throughout the district. Thank you to the Prairie View A&M University Police Department, Volunteer Fire Department of Prairie View, Power Plumbing, Dynamic Motors, H-E-B, and local churches for their generous support.