"We want to make sure the kids have something for Christmas," Math Club president Mitchell Weber said. "We're still kids, really, and we know how much fun this season is and want all the little kids to have that feeling. If this toy drive makes a difference to just one kid, then it's been a success."
Toys of all shapes and colors were placed in the club's collection boxes.
"We've got some pretty cool toys," Weber said. "There are toys here that should make some kids very happy."
The toys are taken to the RES office where they are wrapped in colorful paper. Members of the faculty and staff identify those children who are most likely to benefit from an additional gift during the holidays.
"It's a really good program," RES principal Nate Henderson said. "They deliver toys to the office which are given to the kids anonymously through our faculty and staff. Everything's done discreetly."
The Math Club is sponsored by RHS arithmetic teachers Nancy Ritter and Amber Teager. The group gathers gifts through donations, both items and monetary, over the course of several weeks leading up to the holidays. The sponsors wish to acknowledge the efforts of the students involved in the program, as well as everyone who made contributions.
The toy drive continues to be a success. Math Club officers Weber, Bekah Scott, Alec Scott, Landen Crancer and Haven Cagle delivered dozens of toys to the elementary office last week.
"We see the results in the faces of the students," Henderson said. "This and the other outreach programs are greatly appreciated not only by the students and families they help, but by the entire staff and family that makes up the Rector School District. This is another reminder of how fortunate we all are to have a school and community that comes together and supports each other the way that we do."