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That’s a wrap!
BVHS students fill role of ‘Santa’ to ensure a Merry Christmas
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

December 23. 2013 12:59PM
Brandon Valley junior Robert Haggar was adding the last of a variety of brightly colored ribbons to a uniquely wrapped present Saturday afternoon at the high school.

“They only have a pair of pants, so I thought it deserved more bows,” Haggar said.

Haggar was one of about a dozen Brandon Valley High School student council members and other volunteers who showed up to wrap more than 130 gifts for less fortunate kids in the school district. The gift wrapping extravaganza is part of the Angel Tree, an endeavor that’s been going on for as long as anyone can remember.

“This is my ninth year hear, and we’ve been doing it since then, but I have no idea how long it’s been going on,” said Amy Lupkes, high school guidance counselor. “But it’s a good tradition we’re carrying on.”

Lupkes said 130-plus requests for Christmas gifts were made in the district this year. That number’s slightly up from past years.

And while the requests were up, so was the interest from students and the community, Lupkes said.

“We put the tree up on Friday before Thanksgiving and the Monday following, all of the requests were gone,” she said. “We even had people calling in (to fill gift requests) but we didn’t have any to give, so that was a good problem to have.”
Lupkes said the “hot” toy request this year is Monster High dolls. But clothing and other essentials such as underwear and socks are also highly requested.

Student council president Cam Holmes took in his first Angel Tree gift-wrapping session this year.

“I think it’s good to help out, and it’s fun to give, because Christmas is a time of giving and it makes you feel good.”

Holmes teamed up with Taylor Murtha, also a student council member, to sponsor one of the Angel Tree requests.

“I actually wrapped that one,” he said. “But you don’t have to be a professional gift wrapper.”

BVHS student council members are distributing the Angel Tree gifts last week.

Brandon Valley High School students wrapped more than 130 Christmas gifts to be distributed through the Student Council's annual Angel Tree project Saturday afternoon. Photo by Jill Meier

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