Northside celebrates the Season of Giving

Season of Giving text with pics of students and staff holiday service projects

Northside ISD students and staff, opened their hearts with numerous acts of generosity to make the holidays brighter for others during this Season of Giving.

“What really warms my heart is seeing the true meaning of the season come to life, especially as we end 2020,” says Dr. Brian Woods, superintendent. “More than ever before we are seeing families and students in need, and I’m so proud of the generosity of time, talent, and treasure from our students and staff.”

Here are just a few examples:


Harlan High School

Santa’s workshop has nothing on Mike Byrnes’ woodshop at Harlan High School. Brynes and some of his in-person learners built 50 wooden desks over the past month. The materials were donated by Lowe’s, the labor was all a labor of love, and the result was 50 new desks that will be distributed to elementary students who are learning at home. The desks were left unpainted, so the recipients can add their own personal touches to their new furniture.

Jay High School

One of the oldest, if not the oldest, holiday traditions in Northside is the annual “Christmas Shopping Trip” at Jay High School. Each year, for more than 50 years, they’ve taken elementary students from nearby schools on a shopping trip for shoes and toys. This year it wasn’t possible to take everyone to Walmart so Student Council advisors Daniela Mercado and Cristina Aguilar enlisted a few elves to order items, pick them up at the store, and help wrap them. Counselors at each elementary school helped coordinate ‘wish lists’ and shoe sizes. Jay Student Council members and school staff made special deliveries to the recipient schools – not in Santa’s sleigh, but Northside white fleet buses. The execution is different but the result is the same – more than 140 students will have a much happier holidays as a result of the generosity of the Jay community.

Leon Springs Elementary School

Leon Springs Elementary School third grade teacher Jennifer Nash organized a service project to make the season brighter for soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Third graders collected items and wrote cards to fill 150 stockings. They originally committed to 40 stockings, but the response was so overwhelming that they surpassed their goal. In mid-December, 18 boxes arrived overseas and students received a video response from the grateful soldiers.

Krueger Elementary School

The Krueger Elementary School Student Council wanted to deliver holiday cheer to residents at Landon Ridge Assisted Living so they organized a fluffy socks drive. Students packed the socks in individual bags along with candy canes and holiday cards. Over 200 pairs of socks were delivered to Landon Ridge.

Steubing Elementary School

Many schools adopt sister schools and coordinate efforts throughout the year to deliver items like food, books, and clothing. Steubing Elementary School staff and PTA members made a special delivery to their sister school Carnahan Elementary School the week before Winter Break. They delivered boxes of donated coats, scarves, mittens, hats, and boots to keep students warm this winter.