Francis Howell Schools make holiday wishes come true

Posted on 12/22/2021
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From clubs to athletic teams, classrooms and entire school buildings, the Francis Howell School District is stepping up this holiday season to support dozens of charitable missions.

From school-wide competitions, penny wars, holiday giving trees and donation-based spirit days there were so many fun ways for students and staff to get involved.

Hollenbeck Middle School National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) donated more than 1,100 items to the NJHS food drive this year. Another school-wide fundraiser, the sale of candy canes, raised more than $4,000. Counselors spent all of the money on clothing, toys and gifts that were wrapped and given to 11 Hollenbeck families.

Henderson Elementary Student Council members organized a successful '12 Days of Giving’ Campaign, collecting hundreds of food items for their backpack program. The program provides necessary meals to nearly 50 students over extended weekends and holidays.

“This year more than ever it is important to take the time to think of others and support our community,” said Assistant Principal Emily Malloy. “I am extremely proud of each and every one of these students for making sure the holidays are a special time for all.”

Bryan Middle School students sold donuts in December. More than $1,000 in donations were collected through “donut days” and that money was used to pay for the items to fill 40 baskets for families in need.  

Other FHSD schools teamed up with first responders, churches and corporate donors to give back to those in need.

“We are proud to be able to support our families during this holiday season. With the help of our staff and the partnership of our local Goddard School and the Cottleville Fire Department, we were able to provide eight of our families with gifts for Christmas,” said Sandy Torbeck, the District’s Parents As Teachers coordinator.

Thousands of people in St. Charles County were touched by the spirit of giving. Donations of every type were wrapped and delivered. Boxes packed full of food, toiletries, books, toys, hats, gloves, mittens, socks, shoes, masks and coats helped warm the hearts of FHSD students and their families this year.

The holiday season is a wonderful time to give back and spread kindness. A special thanks to everybody who made all of these projects possible.

Hollenbeck Middle Gifts

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