The Williams Elementary School held its annual ‘Shop with a Teacher’ event and 28 students were treated to a shopping spree at the Willows Wal-Mart.
On Monday, December 14, 2015, Williams Elementary Teachers and helpers took a trip to Willows where students shopped with their adult sponsor.
“Each student picked out clothing, a pair of shoes, a jacket, and a toy,” said Keri Lovelady, “The Willows Wal-Mart also generously donated $5 gift cards to each participating student to help with expenses.”
After the shopping spree, the group headed back to their homes with bags full of gifts and warm, comforted hearts.
“Everyone was singing songs all the way home,” said Lovelady.
The teachers and helpers included Joanna Roa, Veronica Garrett, Richard Summers, Emma Agnew, Jessica Stuivenberg, Rosa Thompson and her mother-in-law Pam Ockerman, Beth Nall, Angela Stephens and her mom Bobbie Keaton, Leti Perez, Lindee Hulbert, Sophia Diaz and her husband Jose, Craig Roper, Julie Griffith and Keri Lovelady. Maintenance staff Chris Wilcox and Harold Kessler, Foster Grandparents Treva Dieves and Mrs. Singh, on-campus police officer Ivan Maldonado, new district parent liaison Edilma Roulette, former superintendent Ed Changus, new k-3 reading specialist Annette McCutcheon, speech teacher Kim Tackett, administrative assistant Lucy Mendez, paraeducator Ana Minutti, and the first year principal Melissa Willes also joined in making the holidays a little brighter for these lucky students.
“It’s one of those life experiences where you are doing something to help others, but you get back way more than you give,” said Ed Changus, former Williams Superintendent.
Rosa Thompson, who along with her mother-in-law sponsored an entire family, said, “To see the children’s eyes light up as we shopped for
Christmas gifts was truly a joyful experience.”
A group of four Colusa High School students also participated as part of their ESA winter project as well as their supervisors, vice principal Rebecca Changus and counselor Lori Tanner.
Victor Matamoros, owner/operator Victory Alliance Insurance in Colusa joined in on the fun as well.
“I’m glad to be a part of this event where we give back to the kids of our community,” said Matamoros.
The students and their families are very thankful to all who contributed their time and money to make this such a unique experience.
Kindergarten teacher Keri Lovelady added, “At Williams Elementary, we are a family. I love that our whole staff comes together to make special memories for our students.”■