Posted Date: 12/19/2019
JLHS 4thAnnual “Be an Angel” is an event/sponsorship that takes place at Juarez-Lincoln High School. This events helps teachers and staff who have seen a student in need of a jacket, shoes, or small gift to let them know that someone at Juarez-Lincoln High School cares about them.
The way that the program works is that a teacher or staff can nominate a student who might be going through a rough time due to a mental health disorder, financial issues, or problems at home. Once the student is nominated the teacher who nominated them can bring in a specific item for the student or the social workers office finds a sponsor for the student. The teachers are encouraged to bring in a $5-$10 gift for a male or female student, it is optional if the teacher wants the student to know who the gift is from or not.
We have teachers who have gone above and beyond when it comes to ensuring that the student receive what they really need. For example, Mrs. Benavides who in order to find out what the student specifically wants she assigns a writing assignment to all her students. She then selects the wish list of those who really need and tries to makes one of their wishes come true. This year one of her female students really wants a Justin Bieber Sweater; Mrs. Benavides has taken the time to order the items with online to ensure the student gets what she wants.
Another perfect example is Mr. Navarro who purchased 5 McDonalds gift cards with $25 each so that the student can share a meal with his or her siblings and parents.
Feedback from teachers and staff members that I have received is that this is a great idea. As it provides teacher or staff member an opportunity to give a student a much needed gift without making it feel like a charity or make the student or teacher feel uncomfortable about the gift.
In the end it is about ensuring that our Husky students know and feel that they are cared for and loved at our JLHS campus. That they will always find support with their Husky Family and that we want everyone back safely after the winter holiday.