Glen Rose Independent School District is taking care of its own for the holidays.
Christmas Express, a district-wide annual present campaign, is gearing up for another year of providing for underprivileged children in and around Glen Rose.
“Basically it is taking care of some of our needy kids and making sure they have a good Christmas,” Christmas Express high school sponsor Susan Bruce said.
During the event, all four Glen Rose schools, from elementary to high school, take different approaches to obtain gifts for Christmas Express children.
The intermediate, junior high and high schools have all placed an angel tree at its campus or at a local business, some both. The angels are adopted by local individuals who purchase some or all of the items on the child’s wish list.
The high school also hosted a craft fair on Nov. 18 to feed its fund for gifts that are not fulfilled.
“Some people will buy the entire Christmas for one child, but some will only buy one or two things,” Bruce said. “We take the money and try to bring everyone up to the same level.”
The elementary school is the only school that does not have an angel tree. It does, however, accept donations of toys and clothes for the Christmas Express children. Typically, teachers at the elementary school will purchase $50 worth of toys and clothes, which is reimbursed through the school’s Christmas Express fund.
“We all kind of coordinate and work together,” Bruce said.
Donations are accepted as single or bulk items.
“They could buy 10 purses and donate them to a school,” Bruce said.
No matter how little or how much, Bruce assured that all of the donations will be given away.
Christmas Express beneficiaries are suggested by teachers and friends or parents may sign them up at school.
Angel trees are located at the junior high campus, Town and Country Bank, Brookshires and Glen Rose High School.
For more information or to donate items, call Linda Dunbar, (elementary) at 254-898-3500, Carla Swearengin (intermediate) at 254-898-3600, Stephanie Rotan (junior high) at 254-898-3700 or Susan Bruce (high school) at 254-898-3800.