Tucker students collect for Toys for Tots

HAMBLETON – Tucker County High School students are working on the character trait of giving for December, and they spent the month collecting gifts for Toys for Tots.

Lauren Smith, school guidance counselor, said, “We wanted to choose activities of giving that help the community. I called and talked to Canaan Valley, and we partnered for the activity.

Tucker County High School students collect Toys for Tots, and the house that collected the most, the Teal House, collected 77 presents. Mike McRae of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots presented students with a certificate at the school Thursday. Teal House students received a pass for tubing at Canaan Valley Resort, and Performance Motors of Elkins and Parsons donated $100 for a pizza party.

“They offered free tubing passes for the kids collecting the most toys. Also, Performance Motors of Elkins and Parsons will be donating $100 for a pizza party for those students collecting the most toys.”

Last month, students collected canned goods and donated them to local food pantries.

“We delivered so many cans,” Assistant Principal J.R. Helmick said. “It was part of our November month of gratitude, another character-learning opportunity.”

Sarah Hines, advertising representative for Performance Motors, said the company decided to donate $100 for gasoline and pizza after being contacted by McRae.

“He told us about other dealers who have offered incentives to help with the toy drive, and we decided to help,” Hines said. “With kids seeing what the winners received, we hope it will help grow the Toys for Tots collections for next year.”

Toys collected include 12 by the Black House, seven by the Blue House, 53 by the Brown House, nine by the Green House, 24 by White Blue House, seven by the Orange House, 10 by the Pink House, 58 by the Red House, 43 by the Silver House and 16 by the Yellow House.