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Students Bring Holiday Cheer to Needy

Mountain Valley Middle School sponsored a Hawk Giving Tree for children-in-need. Pictured from left is Principal Dustin Davisson with VFW Post 8573 members Anna Connel, Robin McCleary, Denise Moore and Cherie McCann.

Canyon Lake-area students made sure wishes came true for their friends this holiday season.

Comal ISD staff and student groups hosted holiday giving programs like food drives, toy drives, and blanket drives, bringing seasonal cheer, districtwide, to more than 300 families and 730 children.

Throughout the Canyon Lake community, the Adopt-a-Child Student Program at Mountain Valley Elementary, Rebecca Creek Elementary (RCES), Startzville Elementary, Mountain Valley Middle (MVMS) and Canyon Lake High (CLHS) schools featured angel trees with students’ gift wishes attached.

MVMS named its tree the Hawk Giving Tree and served 12 families and 40 students with multiple gifts including clothing and other wish list items this year.

At RCES, the Leadership Club and Fuel Up for 60 Club hosted a food drive for families at the school with a goal to provide canned food and snacks for the holiday break to those in need.

In addition, the CLHS Leo’s Club hosted a toy drive and “Operation Cold Front” blanket drive, which supports local homeless veterans. The “Because I Said I Would” group provided meals for families, and the Student Council sponsored a food drive to help stock the pantry at the Community Resource and Recreation Center (CRRC).

Seven campuses in the Smithson Valley corridor teamed up with the Bulverde/Spring Branch Angels to host “Angel Trees.” This year, 140 families received 1,700 gifts through the generosity of students and parents from Indian Springs Elementary, Johnson Ranch Elementary, Kinder Ranch Elementary, Specht Elementary, Timberwood Park Elementary, Pieper Ranch Middle School and Smithson Valley High School.

The Smithson Valley High School basketball teams and Jr. ROTC continued a tradition of partnering to collect toys for the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots program, and the student council at Bill Brown Elementary hosted a “Cover with Kindness” blanket drive for the Bulverde/Spring Branch Angels. They collected 435 new blankets, which will be given to every family with their gifts this year.

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