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Donations honor healthcare workers, students in need

Dec 09, 2021 09:05AM ● By Becky Ginos

Travis Warnick, (left) principal at Syracuse Elementary and Doug Hammerschmidt,(right) principal at Tolman Elementary get into the Christmas spirit with their flashy suits while helping to assemble cards and gift baskets for healthcare workers as part of a district service project. Photo by Becky Ginos

KAYSVILLE—Davis School District principals, teachers, administrators and staff gathered at Boondocks last week to make cards and assemble gift bags for healthcare workers and families in need.

“This year we decided we wanted to take our Christmas meeting and do a service project for those in need in the community,” said Superintendent Reid Newey. “We wanted to target our great healthcare workers that have done so much, particularly in the district.”

“We’ll take the cards and gift baskets to the three hospitals in Davis County, IHC, Davis and Lakeview,” said Assistant Superintendent John Zurbuchen. “We’ll go to the ER department and thank them for the work they’ve done the last 18 months and sing carols.”

Newey said they also wanted to help students and families with specific needs. “We address those as well.” 

Donated items the group assembled included:

  • 1,538 movie tickets and hand-written cards delivered to healthcare workers
  • 50 blankets tied with a bow and delivered to Mountain High students
  • Clothing for 30 students across the district – funds donated from the Shop with a Cop program (since they aren’t able to do this program due to COVID), leaders from district went shopping for the clothing
  • 180 socks delivered to Renaissance Academy
  • 50 bags with socks and 14 gift cards each for at-risk students so they have food for each day they are off school during winter break.