Five Shakamak students to get early Christmas presents
Five students at Shakamak Junior/Senior High will soon be given an early Christmas surprise thanks to the JHS-SHS Alumni Association.
Nancy Enstrom, who serves as the president of the Jasonville High School-Shakamak High School (JHS-SHS) Alumni Association, provided details on the traditional student service project which is sponsored by the association.
"It's the graduates of Jasonville and Shakamak High School that give donations (for the project). Whatever we get in donations we spend on the kids. This year we received a little over $500," Enstrom said, adding that amount is a bit more than last year's total of $400.
Some of that extra money came from the class of 1965, she said.
"This year for the clothing fund, the class of '65 had a reunion and the extra money they had from their reunion they donated it. ... That's probably why it (fund) was up," Enstrom explained.
The goal is to spend $100 on clothing for each student.
"This year we had five kids... It's a surprise to the child. The counselor at the school is the one that talks to them and gets their sizes and asks them what they want for Christmas. It's kind of sneaky, they don't know they are going to get it," Enstrom explained.
The last day before Christmas break the students are given the gifts from the alumni association.
"It (gift) doesn't have toys, it's all just clothing," she said. "Some will ask for boots, a coat or shoes ... and that's what we get them."
In July, the JHS-SHS Alumni Association sends its annual newsletter out. The newsletter requests donations for the student services fund among other funds as well as includes information about the school's annual homecoming festivities.
The student services fund has existed since the 1980s, Enstrom noted.