Surprise Supplies Delivered

Nolanville Elementary teacher receives gift
By: Todd Martin
Those who don’t believe in Santa Claus may want to consider a certain letter from a certain teacher in a certain classroom.
At Nolanville Elementary School Wednesday, two days before the start of the semester break, a gathering of guests in red-and-white hats stepped into the special education classroom of teacher Lacey Curry.
They delivered to the teacher a letter addressed to her from Santa that expressed praise for what the teacher requested – specialized supplies for her third- through fifth-grade students.
As Curry read, becoming emotional toward the end, the guests pulled out packages. Next, they handed the gifts to the students and invited them to open the presents.
“We wrote letters to Santa,” the teacher explained, “but some of my students didn’t believe and didn’t want to write. So, I wrote a letter too to motivate them to write.”
The letters to Santa found their way to the Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department, which invites schools in Harker Heights and Nolanville to offer up the letters so they can route them on to the big guy up north.
At the city parks department, Kaitlin Cook, who administers the letters to Santa effort, discovered Curry’s letter and decided to give Santa a hand.
“Students write letters to Santa every year and he always writes back,” she said, explaining the tradition. The letter from the Nolanville teacher coincided with another happening in the community.
Not long ago, an active senior citizen connected to the parks department passed away. She was a former teacher and requested that friends and family give toward a gift of supplies to a special education teacher.
That late teacher’s wish merged with Curry’s desire and resulted in a trove of new sensory-friendly items and board books specific for her students.
“It is awesome,” the teacher said of the surprise gifts. “They have come a long way. I’m proud of their progress so far,” she said of her hardworking students. “This is very helpful because supplies can only spread so far.”
“It was extra special for us,” said Cook of the project and presentation in the classroom. “Doing this in honor of a senior in our program makes it especially special.”