“This is something we can do to help them at this time of year to not be so stressful,” career specialist Kim Nix said.
COLLIN BREAUX News Herald Reporter @PCNHCollinB
LYNN HAVEN — Tuan Ngyuen is a college student, but that didn’t stop him from grabbing a teddy bear while on campus Tuesday.
Nguyen is a student at Haney Technical Center and stopped by the school’s Gift of Reading event to get a teddy bear for his nephew. The school gave away stuffed animals and children’s books so the students could hand them off to their children, nieces, nephews and other kids they know.
Haney first held the event in 2016, though Tuesday was Nguyen’s first time participating. There are a lot of young kids in his family, and he had them in mind when passing through the Building 1 atrium.
“We don’t have a wealthy family, so this is great for quick gifts for smaller children,” he said. “(My nephew) will love it. Anything he gets new, he appreciates.”
Haney Career Specialist Kim Nix said Gift of Reading helped make the Christmas spirit bright in students’ home this season, especially because many students are parents. She said the books were purchased with a generous donation, and the teddy bears were donated by a local store.
“This is something we can do to help them at this time of year to not be so stressful,” Nix said. Last year “was so successful, we wanted to make it an annual commitment we would do every year. Our students were real excited about it.”
Ashlee Martinez was one of those excited students, picking up a bear and books to bring home to her son. She came down after hearing about it over the intercom.
“They do a lot of stuff like this, so it’s nice they’re actually putting money back into the community,” Martinez said. “I think [my son] is going to like them.”
Shana Littleton, an attendance clerk in Haney’s student services department, was one of the volunteers at the book table who helped students pick out what to bring home. She said it was a great thing for the school to do.
“I’ve heard some parents say their kids may or may not want a book, but still it’s available to them,” Littleton said. “There’s some really good books here. … As many opportunities as we can to help our students, we’ll do that.”