From the Desk - December 2017

From The Desk of Rick DeMasters

It seems that not a day goes by that we are not bombarded by media reports sharing a tragic story that makes us shake our heads and question the sanity or lack there of, in regards to humanity.  No matter what time of year these senseless events happen, it always hurts a little more during the month of December. The holiday season should be a time of great joy and merriment spent with family and friends but for many, the season can signal frustration, anxiety and situations that test the level of our patience.  When struck with these reports, it never ceases to amaze me that no matter what happens in the world, I can always witness an overflow of excitement and joy at our campuses during the month of December.  From canned food contests to toy drives, the spirit of giving is alive and well from the youngest of our Bobcats to the oldest.  

Celina Primary School is hosting a Baby and Toddler Supply Drive that started at the end of November and will run through December 12th.  Items that are in great need are as follows; diapers, (all sizes) pull-ups, baby wipes, baby formula, (sensitive and regular) and baby food/cereal. Our elementary campuses will join forces to collect for Toys For Tots.  Watching our elementary students arrive at their campuses with their favorite toys hoping to bring joy to someone they’ve never met fills the heart with renewed hope for peace and goodwill.  With cold weather on its way, our Celina 6th Grade Center, with the help of Mission Possible Kids will host the Gotcha Covered Campaign to collect all sizes of jeans, coats and jackets through December 13th.  

Celina Junior High through their ACE class period will be collecting gift cards and toys that will be divided up between the Blue Santa program, Toys For Tots, and the Young Heroes of the Guard.  Blue Santa is a local program, which is hosted by the Celina Police Force to help needy and underprivileged children in our area. The Young Heroes of the Guard is a mission that is near and dear to the heart of CISD Assistant Superintendent Mr. John Mathews, who serves as a Chaplain for the Texas State Guard 4th Air Wing. The Texas State National Guard Toy Drive was launched in November of 2009 and its primary goal is to provide joy and comfort to children that are confined to hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Seeing a child’s face light up at the offering of a new toy, can brush away the confinement of a hospital stay over the holidays and provide moments of happiness and joy.  Mr. Mathews and fellow guardsmen will be visiting local hospitals over the holidays to distribute toys donated by Celina ISD students.

Our secondary campuses will also be hosting their annual spirited canned food drives during the month of December with proceeds going directly to help fill the pantry at Grace Bridge. Our students thrive on competition and it is not uncommon to witness students leaving grocery stores loaded down with bags full of canned food items over the next several weeks.  

No matter what obstacles come our way through our walk down life’s path, CISD students are lighting the way for others during this holiday season. We are truly blessed to live and work in a community where our students interact daily with individuals who live out each and every day with the spirit to serve others. To our parents, students, faculty and community members, may you have the merriest of holidays and a safe and Happy New Year! See you in 2018!