By Chris Gildone Posted: December 18, 2020
Juniors at Lowry High school are helping many families in need of Christmas gifts this year. The angel tree is a project to help children with their Christmas list. These families are a little less fortunate so this project helps them get Christmas gifts. This year they will receive something they need first, then something to read, then something they want.
Several great people are helping with this project this year, like Mrs. Alexis Mattson, a teacher at Lowry, who is one of the ones leading the Angel Tree project this year. She teaches science and is the Junior Class Advisor.
“This project has grown to help over 500 kids in our town,” said Mattson. “LHS Junior class has paired the Frontier Community Action Agency (FCAA) so we can be of better service to the community.”
Like anything else right now the angel tree project is more difficult because of Covid-19 so they have had to adjust to the rules and regulations, which changes it a lot.
“This year with COVID we choose to utilize Facebook to help with this project so people in the community can participate and we have also brought in Les Schwab as a drop-off business to make it easier for those that can’t make it to the high school or FCAA,” said Mattson.
This project was created in 2016 by juniors; Sylvie Prokasky, Mardi Johnson, and Victor Rosas. A junior class officer that is helping with the angel tree project is Arianna Ruiz. She also knows the effects of COVID on the project.
“Corona made it so that we had to have kids sponsored digitally with the use of Facebook,” said Ruiz. “In the past, there would be a tree that would be covered in tags with the information about the children for people to take and buy presents.”
The wrapping of the gifts is all done by volunteers which will take place December 5-11, and there will be a drive-through gift delivery at the Winnemucca Events Center on December 12.
These gifts are a huge help to many kids and families in our town and will be greatly appreciated. Some other volunteering students are junior Alexis Olsen and junior Kayleen Creamer.