Third graders making a difference

Mrs. Gonzales third grade class shows some of the toys donated by the community.

It’s that time of year when kids are making their lists for Santa, watching the elf on the shelf and patiently waiting for their stockings to be filled.

But not every child in Colusa County has those opportunities and that’s just what Mrs. Gonzalez’s third class at Williams Elementary hopes to change.

“The Scholastic Book Company sent me an email explaining a contest called ‘It’s Kids That Care’ that they were sponsoring for elementary schools. My class was asked to think of a problem our society faces and then come up with a solution,” said third grade teacher Elsa Gonzales.

Gonzales’ class wasted no time jotting down ideas of problems they recognized and how they wanted to solve them.

“I thought about all the kids who don’t get Christmas presents and said a toy drive would solve the problem. It’s not fair for all the kids who don’t get gifts,” said third grader Philip Santillan. “We have a lot of foster kids in the area so its perfect.”

Santillan’s idea was put into motion by Gonzales and her class.

“Philip thought of the foster kids in our area and being Christmas time, it was perfect for a toy drive,” said Gonzales.

“All kids deserve a gift at Christmas,” said Angel Herrera, also a third grader at Williams Elementary

Toys for all ages are being collected and can be dropped off at the front office of Williams Elementary, 1404 E Street until Dec. 14. All toys from “Philips Toy Drive” will be donated locally throughout Colusa County to foster children.

“I hope my toy drive helps kids this Christmas. That’s what I care about the most,” said Santillan.