Shackelford Elementary School students surprised Waxahachie firefighters with its large donation of toys.

Students donated approximately $2,700 worth of toys to the fire department’s annual Toys for Kids toy drive.

Students in Diane Leggett’s class made and sold jars containing a chocolate chip cookie mix to friends and family. Jars were sold for $10 each and 185 jars were sold.

Before orders were taken students put together their own jars and then went out and took orders. Last year, students put together a cookbook that contained their favorite holiday recipes.

After expenses students had around $1,300 to spend on toys at Walmart.

Each student was given funds they collected from sales to spend on toys during a field trip to Walmart. Each student was responsible for staying within his or her budget.

Leggett said the experience has been a good one for her students because it has been very hands on. It also shows where the money they raised is going toward, Leggett said.

Shackelford also hosted a fundraiser called “Feed the Pig.” The fundraiser has been an annual tradition for the school for the past 10 years.

During the fundraiser, jars for each grade level are placed in the office where students, teachers and parents can donate their change. First-grade students not only received bragging rights but a trophy with a pig on top to display.

School Councilor Monica Taylor said during the fundraiser students were issued golden tickets for good behavior. Every ticket earned during the fundraiser was placed into a drawing. Five students were selected to shop for toys for the toy drive with the $1,375 that was collected.

“We talked about it over the last two weeks how this is going to go to people in our school,” Taylor said. “Sometimes it is about giving and not expecting anything in return. That is the best gift you can give is not to expect anything in return.”

Toy Drive Chairman and Pump Engineer Brent Fuller said the donation from the students was phenomenal and more than they have ever done in the past. Fuller is grateful for the help these students supply the toy drive each year.

The Waxahachie Fire Department works hand-in-hand with the Salvation Army each year. When the signups for the Angel Tree have ended, the  fire department’s toy drive helps to make sure children in need can have a gift to unwrap on Christmas morning.

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