Holiday Traditions Going Strong at W.D. Williams

Holiday Traditions Going Strong at W.D. Williams
Posted on 12/17/2021
Students and staff at W.D. Williams Elementary are wrapping up their annual food and supply drive to help neighbors in need. Since 2011, the school has collected food from community members, staff, and students. By: Breanna Hensley
BCS Communications Dept.

Students and staff at W.D. Williams Elementary are wrapping up their annual food and supply drive to support members of the Owen community. Since 2011, the school has collected food from community members, staff, and students. This week, School Counselor Kelli Pritchard gathered a team of kids to help put together food boxes filled with rice, beans, stuffing, soups, crackers, apples, carrots, bread, potatoes, eggs, and even ham.

In addition to the food boxes, the school collected mittens and hats for anyone who needs them. As the weather turns cold this season, the mitten tree in the front lobby is overflowing with donations.

“Our students love to participate; they think it’s exciting and meaningful to be a part of something bigger. They realize it is making a difference for someone else,” Ms. Pritchard said.

The entire school, along with community partners, worked hard to make 25 overflowing food boxes for families in Swannanoa. Students quickly found how hard it is to assemble that many boxes. Third grader Gage Labrie put his muscles and brain to work with these projects.

“The hardest part about the boxes was carrying them onto the car and memorizing how much food goes into each box,” he said.

Students quickly understood the goal and vision of these projects and the positive impact they are having outside the school building.

“It feels good when you can help less fortunate people who need food or mittens to survive,” stated third grader Finnley Nece.

Both traditions help remind the students of the school’s purpose.

“Do your best, be your best is a common saying here,” explained Ms. Pritchard. “Kids realize that part of being your best is doing all they can for others. They want to come together to make their community and school a better place.”

Students and staff at W.D. Williams Elementary are wrapping up their annual food and supply drive to help neighbors in need. Since 2011, the school has collected food from community members, staff, and students.