Friday, December 19, 2008
New coats, hats, scarves and gloves were some of the many gifts that children received at a toy drive on December 13 at the Kohl Center in Kankakee. Besides handing out gifts, children and their families played games such as Christmas trivia.
The toy and coat drive was sponsored by the Garden of Prayer Youth Center in Momence. The group presented gifts to about 600 children. Last year, Garden of Prayer distributed 30 coats and 300 toys to nearly 280 children, according to published reports.
The smell of fresh baked cookies and hot cocoa filled the air and mixed with the laughter of children and the chatter of adults. In the background, Christmas music played. The sounds of “Silver Bells”, “This Christmas” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” made it feel like it was already Christmas Day.
Every child left with a gift in hand, but more importantly with a smile on their face.
I dream big to have a big future. I have dreams of getting out of Hopkins Park to discover the world and to see what else it has to offer. I plan to accomplish my goals that I set for myself by finishing what I start and not giving up because dedication and perseverance are the keys in life.
I sometimes hear people say "I can't" and "I quit," but when education comes to my mind, those words are out of my vocabulary. I will not be stereotyped by becoming another black child who has to live off of welfare because I'm better than that and I know it. I will not keep the generational welfare going on in my family.
Now I've told you my dreams, so why don't you tell me about yours.
Dream crashers make your dreams crash and burn, burn 'til you listen and you learn dreams can come true. Stay away from dream crashers, 'cause your dreams will never come true.If you want your dreams to be given up, then go see your nearby dream crasher.
Make your dreams come true.
I’m very thankful for this holiday because you can give and receive gifts. I think about when he died on the cross to give us life. I thank God that I have a church home to go to on Sunday. I thank him for the first church he made that is called the Church of Christ.
If God gave us life, we can at least thank him for giving us life.
By Lauren Johnson
I think of snow, ice and lot of gifts with family and food. I think of all of the presents there is to have and all of my family there is to see and hug. I think of all of the pies, cakes, turkey, ham, dressing, cranberry sauce, greens, chitterlings, sweet potatoes, sweet potato pieces, chocolate pies, lemon pies, chocolate pudding pie and lemon pudding pies. I think of all the people going to see their families and people gathering around the table to eat and the Christmas tree to see what everyone got. I also think of all of the gifts under the tree.
By Kody Sallee
When I think of Christmas I think of presents and all of the family that I will be with and all the love and joy that will be on my face when I get the one thing that I have been wishing for. When I think of Christmas, I think of all the lights that will be on our tree and house. When I think of Christmas, I think of God and how he died on the cross for me and my family and that’s what I think when I think about Christmas.
The students aren’t the only ones looking forward to the holiday break. Teachers are also looking forward to some time off to spend with family and friends or just relax. Here are some of the plans of Lorenzo R. Smith teachers this break.
Ms. Troupe will be spending time with her family.
Ms. Pickens plans on resting and can’t wait to get her hands on her 4,000 piece puzzle.
Ms. Magee will be spending time with her family, eating dessert first and then dinner.
Ms. Livingston will be spending time with her family.
Ms. Wicker said she will be cooking and her parents will be coming to her house. She opens presents from her family on Christmas Eve and Santa comes on Christmas Day.
Ms. Pitchlyn will be visiting with her family. Her daughter is coming from Ohio with her two children and they are having dinner.
At the top left is Ms. Pickens; below her is Ms. Pitchlyn; appearing next is Ms. Livingston; and above caption is Ms. Wicker.