The Gift of Giving Back

NHS Partakes in its 5th Annual Santa Cops Program

In 2013, KATY ISD enrolled in a program called Santa Cops – a program that provides gifts and clothing to children whose families may be experiencing a hardship.

Every year NHS (National Honor Society) participates in this program in hopes of creating a magical Christmas for the children.

“Every year during Christmas time, our NHS officers adopt 10 kids through Santa Cops,” NHS sponsor and English II teacher Christina Zapalac said.

Members who want to participate in this program are encouraged to donate money. The more money donated results in purchasing more gifts for each child.

“We collect money from our members and they volunteer to do all the shopping and wrapping themselves,” Zapalac said.

“Every year we have raised over $2,000 and this year was our record breaking year,” Zapalac said. “The members donated a total of  $2,500.47.”

Each NHS officer was given $257 to buy presents for their kid. This program not only helps kids have a magical Christmas, but it helps the students give back to the community.

“We hope that through this program the NHS members connect better to their community and they learn to have empathy for those who are less fortunate than them,” Zapalac said. “For the kids we have selected, our goal is to provide them a Merry Christmas and give them the gifts they wouldn’t get otherwise.”



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