Clarke Elementary students experience an ‘Exceptional’ holiday

Jan. 16, 2013 @ 11:35 PM



In an effort to make their holiday a special one, community organizations recently reached out to students in Exceptional Children’s Program classes at Clarke Elementary School. Laura Fisher, school counselor, worked with several community organizations to make this possible.

From Dec. 18-19, representatives visited all four Exceptional Children’s classes at the school. The students were given holiday snacks and gifts, including new clothes and toys.

Alka Singh and Jennifer Southerland received representatives from the Lifeline Outreach in Henderson on Dec. 18. Rhonda Parrish, Stephanie Hargrove and Michelle Fording stopped in to both classes, bringing treat bags and gifts. The trio stayed with the students and teachers for about an hour, exchanging hugs and well wishes.

On Dec. 19, representatives of the Vance County Department of Social Services visited with students in Christine Powell’s classroom. Each student was offered a plate which included snacks and a juice box, and received three gifts of toys as well.

Finally, Teresa Robinson of the Human Resource Department at the Walmart Distribution Center in Henderson, came to Jessica Sutton’s classroom, bringing gifts for her students.

Several of the students screamed enthusiastically upon receiving their presents. A few went so far as to hug their gifts after unwrapping them.