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Harpool students lend helping hand to ‘little buddies’

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By Britney Tabor / Staff Writer
Harpool Middle School eighth-grader Riley Whitcomb helps Denton Christian Preschool student Alfredo Teniente, 3, make a Christmas ornament Monday in Denton.Al Key
Harpool Middle School eighth-grader Riley Whitcomb helps Denton Christian Preschool student Alfredo Teniente, 3, make a Christmas ornament Monday in Denton.
Al Key

Christmas came early for children at Denton Christian Preschool when Santa’s helpers came Monday bearing gifts.

Shopping bags tied with red ribbon and a green label with the names of the children at the preschool lined the hallway at the school on University Drive. Inside the bags were a set of pajamas, a package each of underwear and socks, a coloring book, crayons, a storybook and a memory game.

The children were presented with the presents at the end of their school day.

The gifts were brought by 15Harpool Middle School Student Council officers, who spent the entire day at the school doing puzzles and Christmas crafts, reading books and playing with students.

The last four years, the Harpool Middle School Student Council has contributed to the Denton Christian Preschool, said Tressa Barrera, student council sponsor. The students get “so excited about coming and helping.”

“Our kids, they love to help,” she said. “They were wanting to buy extra and donate because they know that there’s a need. They just have a big heart for these children and wanted to donate.”

The students purchased gifts for Denton Christian Preschool children using money raised at a school dance hosted earlier this school year and by selling confetti eggs. Funds raised were also used to purchase materials for the students to make lap blankets for residents at Rambling Oaks Courtyard, an assisted living and extensive care facility in Highland Village. The council hopes to deliver the blankets tor esidents there before Christmas.

Denton Christian Preschool serves 62 at-risk and low-income students ages 3 to 5, said Alicia Blanca, the school director.

“For [students] to be able to take all this stuff home for Christmas means they’ve been helped a lot by many community members. Every little bit helps,” Blanca said. “Just a huge thank you to everybody who’s contributed in one way or another. It may be a little to them, but to us it’s a whole lot.”

Students from Harpool met one evening prior to the visit to shop for students at the school. Preschool officials sent the students’ sizes in advance. During a student council advisory period, council members prepared the gifts for the preschool children.

They call the students their“little buddies,” Barrera said.

Students from Harpool said some of the gifts they brought the preschool children are things they would take for granted or not often think about getting.

“To them it’s a really good thing, and I like that a lot,” said Nick Taylor, an eighth-grade student at Harpool.

Sophia Barrera, a seventh-grader, said presenting the preschool children with necessities Monday made her feel good.

“It makes me feel like we’remaking a difference in their lives,” she said.

BRITNEY TABOR can bereached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.