The students spent one evening wrapping all of the presents, and then the big reveal took place the next evening at the Lodge. When the family arrived the AVID students took each child and let them choose 4 gifts to open.
“You should have seen their eyes,” said Mr. Kelley. “Not only the family’s but my students’ as well.” Mr. Kelley added, “The lessons that were taught were invaluable. My students couldn’t stop talking about how it made them feel, how the kids were so appreciative and what this experience did for them. Christmas is not about receiving but rather about giving. And my students recognize this.”
Lodge members commented on how impressed they were with the BHS students’ generosity and Mr. Kelley’s leadership and willingness to continue to teach lessons to students outside of the school day. “I couldn’t be more proud of how above and beyond my students went to provide Christmas to a family in need. I’m honored to be their AVID teacher,” said Mr. Kelley.