Santa’s Helpers Keeping Busy at CV Tech This Holiday Season

CV Tech students enrolled in SkillsUSA membership-affiliated programs collected holiday gifts for area children this year just like they have for nearly two decades. Pictured (left to right) are Kamrin Dehart, Alex Martin, Jacob Dick and Samantha Moses (kneeling) with some of the gifts.

December 19, 2017

CHICKASHA – Presents with colorful gift-wrapping are stacked neatly in aisles between desks of a classroom at Canadian Valley Technology Center.

There are dozens and dozens of gifts, some with red wrapping paper. Others feature snowmen, snowflakes or Santa. There are bicycles too, unwrapped, of course. Surely no tree in Grady County could hold this bounty.

Each December, CV Tech students, faculty and staff at the Chickasha Campus dig into their pockets and purchase gifts in hopes of making this time of year special for children in need of an emotional lift.

“I want to participate, because when I was younger I never had Christmas presents under the tree,” said Graphic Design student Samantha Moses. “So, I like to make sure little kids have something.”

Those enrolled in the SkillsUSA student organization have been providing gifts for area children for nearly two decades, said Student Services Director Ronnie Bogle, himself a former SkillsUSA instructor.

This year, the names and wish lists of 38 children were submitted to Loretta Boller, project coordinator and CV Tech instructional assistant. Items on each child’s wish list are purchased by students, instructors or staff.

“No money changes hands,” she said.  

Boller arranges for package pick-up for each person who submitted a name. Each then becomes Santa’s helper for delivery after school.

“It is heartwarming to see all the tears and hear the thank yous,” Boller said. “It's a lot of work but worth it.”

SkillsUSA is one of four student membership organizations tied to full-time programs at CV Tech. Others are Business Professionals of America (BPA), Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

Students are encouraged to participate in regional contests for educational, personal and professional growth and in hopes of advancing to state and national contests each year. More than 335,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA’s 18,000-plus local chapters annually.