The Christmas spirit is getting a Tiger boost, as Ardmore City Schools personnel wrap up the annual Spirit of the Tigers program.
Counselors, school-based social workers and teachers referred 135 students, spanning preschool through 12th-grade to the program. Each student then wrote a wish list of needed items, such as shoes, boots, jackets, pants, gloves, underwear, socks and shirts.
District personnel collected donations from the community in order to purchase the clothing items. They then spent Friday morning wrapping the gifts. Coats were handed out early due to the recent ice storm.
"It's a great feeling to be a part of something that benefits children during Christmas," said Terri Green, special services department secretary. "Spirit of the Tigers provides gifts for children according to their needs."
Donations for the program came from students, staff and the community.
"What's wonderful is that we live in a community where businesses and merchants and all of the teachers come together to help and recognize the spirit of the season," said Assistant Superintendent Missy Storm.
The first year of the program served 21 students. That quadrupled to over 85 students served last year. This year has been the largest group yet.
"It looked like the need may go above the resources we had, but then we came up with more," Storm said. "People give to children throughout the year. Right now, everyone digs a little deeper because the idea of a child not receiving a gift at Christmas is one no one wants."
Donations are also used to continue giving throughout the school year, as needs arise.