With the help of my three fellow class officers we began the planning and organization that would start from the first day of school and end at the conclusion of October. To accomplish this project we first of all had to inform the students of the need. The decision was made, however, to not limit the project to just the senior class, not even just to the high school; but to involve all three school buildings (High School, Middle School, and the Elementary). We accomplished this by e-mailing administrators and teachers asking for their participation. For the elementary students I typed up a letter for them to take home to their parents to get them on board. We hung posters throughout the middle school and high school and put on morning announcements to encourage the students to bring in toys. I also created a public service announcement with my video broadcast class that aired during lunch time. Now that the need was known, students had a two week period during the month of October to bring in items to their English teachers or homerooms. Our collection goal was 500 toys. In honor of Halloween our school holds what is known as “Senior Dress up Day.” Around Halloween a day is chosen where seniors can wear costumes to school. So we gave them this initiative; bring in a toy or a dollar for Toy Time in order to dress up. The last step in the collection process was to go to each school and bring all the toys to one location, our government room. I knew it was a success when there was hardly any space to walk in that classroom. We then counted the toys and then that final day my dad’s company truck came to pick up the toys and drop them off at a Toy Time collection area. Between the actual toys collected and the money donations (to purchase toys) we dropped off about 1,100 toys; all of which went specifically to the Toy Time devestated by the flood.
Personally this experience; this accomplishment was so fulfilling. When I heard that announcement of the final total my heart was just so full of joy. Our community and Toy Time, I know greatly appreciate these toys. Toy Time sent our senior class advisor a letter thanking us for our large donation. I feel blessed to have been in charge of a project that benefited so many less fortunate children.