Nearly 100 Metropolis Head Start students were surprised with gifts on Jan. 22 from the Century School Life Skills Class.
Century School Teacher Donna Evitts, explained her Life Skills Class had applied for a Pay It Forward Grant last year through the Kindness Matters organization. It was a pilot program and four schools in five different states were awarded grants. Century School was among those grant recipients.
This opportunity for giving was also in partnership with The Toy Foundation and The Great Toy Giveaway.
Prior to Christmas the Life Skills Class had taken gifts to several of the Southern Seven Head Start locations in southern Illinois.
There were still toys leftover so Evitts reached out the Metropolis Head Start to arrange a toy drop off for the students in Metropolis.
Evitts along with the Life Skills Class members visited each of the six classes at Metropolis Head Start. The Century students took turns telling the children they were receiving gifts because they are special and there are people who care about them.
Each age group, three through six years old, received age-appropriate gifts, along with a card.
Evitts said the cards were made by all of the students at Century Elementary School.