Mustangs give back during the holidays


Genell McClendon

Student council members junior Brynna Olalde Taylor and senior Andy Nguyen move canned goods downstairs for the final donation.

Makeda Ephraim, Staff Writer

‘Tis the season of giving and the Mustangs are displaying their true Christmas spirit. 

To start off the season, the student council sponsored the annual canned food drive. 

“One of our main goals in student council is community service, whether it’s with our school, our community,” student council sponsor Lauren Ellis said.

Student council collected non-perishable food from Oct.11 through Nov. 8 to benefit the surrounding community.  

“I think these types of events teach us that we are truly fortunate for the situations we are in,” student council president Lyn Nguyen said. “I love the sense of community in knowing that everyone is able to come together for a good cause,”

Ellis said the canned food drive benefits food banks in the Garland, Sachse and Rowlett areas.

By the end of the food drive, the  Mustangs donated about 1500 cans of food.

On November 11, RTI facilitator Sharon Hogue hosted a holiday card workshop.

“Teenagers want to do things for their community, and we need to find ways for them to help,” Hogue said.

Hogue collected holiday cards to give to the Sachse Police, Sachse Fire, Texas State Veterans Home, and assisted living centers in Sachse.

“I thought it was a good way for folks to get into the holiday spirit no matter what religion or traditions you celebrate,” Hogue said.

Hogue invited students to write cards after school. She ended up collecting about 150 cards to give.

“It was very fun,” junior Alex Chavez said. “Mrs.Hogue had snacks and played music.”

BETA club hosted their yearly toy drive the first part of December, collecting both toys and money to donate to children who are less fortunate.

“We’ve been blessed, so it’s a way we can help those less fortunate than us,” BETA Club sponsor Tammy Liehr said.

The Sachse Police Department creates a mini shopping mall in their basement for the families to come in and choose toys appropriate for their children. 

BETA club collected 87 toys and $1155.34 during the toy drive.  Liehr said the money was used to purchase 70 “big ticket” toys.

Liehr said the A3 class that had the highest number of donations to student ratio was Henry Pabon’s Spanish III class.