• 64°

Fellow students, faculty give to Heritage Angel Tree

MADISON – Student families, faculty and staff at Heritage Elementary School are proving that ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive’ with their contributions to the Heritage Angel Tree.

The Angel Tree is a tradition at Heritage . . . “so that our people are getting to help our people,” School Counselor Casey Gaines said. The tree “provides holiday support for Heritage families in need. Our families look forward to contributing each year.”

Parents or guardians of Heritage families in need can list “a want, a need, something to wear and something to read for their children,” Gaines said. “All children are anonymous with no identifying information listed.”

Heritage gift-givers can access an online spreadsheet that lists each family and child (for example, “Family A: Boy #1”). The “Need” for the child, like school clothes and shoes, appears in one column, as does the “Want” for him or her, such as yo-yos, a skateboard or “anything Spiderman.”

The spreadsheet also states the child’s sizes for clothing and shoes; requested reading material, like Harry Potter selections, “Pete the Cat” books or a Bible; favorite color; and age. The sponsor then completes contact information.

Sponsors can sign up for one individual or for an entire family on the Heritage Angel Tree. At their discretion, sponsors can buy a child’s requested gifts or buy as many extra gifts as they want.

Gaines has seen a consistent need for winter clothes and accessories from each family that returned their form. These families, although living in a well-to-do community like Madison, need the basics of everyday living.

“I personally believe that, due to the fact that Madison is an affluent community, it has greatly impacted our partnerships with community members and our accessibility to resources needed in order to assist our families in need,” Gaines said.

“There’s less of a publicized need for families in our town and community to seek assistance elsewhere, because we have strong partnerships with local businesses and organizations that provide these resources for us behind the scenes,” Gaines said.

Recipients’ ages range from 7 months to 15 years old, most likely a student’s siblings.

By the Dec. 14 deadline, Heritage sponsors will deliver unwrapped gifts to the Heritage front office. Sponsors also will include a roll of wrapping paper, tape and ribbons so recipient adults can wrap the gifts themselves.

Gaines and Jamie Ratcliffe, also a school counselor, have been coordinating the Heritage Angel Tree.

Madison

Madison Fire & Rescue responds to second baby surrender through Safe Haven Baby Box

Bob Jones High School

Robertson finds ‘perfect fit’ as Special Education Coordinator

Liberty Middle School

Liberty’s Mardi Paws Parade raises funds for shelter animals

James Clemens High School

11-day tour to Korea, Japan in summer 2025 open to Madison teens

James Clemens High School

Players eager for 2024 Grade-Level City Chess Championship

Harvest

‘Brews for Enable’ at Yellowhammer to benefit Enable Madison County

Bob Jones High School

MCCL members, teams grab awards at Rookie Rally

Madison

State board lauds Heritage in ‘Top 25 Percent Schools’ for Alabama

Harvest

Parker composes, performs and mentors songwriters in lifetime of music

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones AFJROTC named Grand Champions at Hoover

Bob Jones High School

TVA’s School Uplift grants can reduce energy costs and improve campus

Bob Jones High School

Warm-up Quads on Feb. 24 to prepare players for City Chess Championship

Liberty Middle School

Chander, Grieve, Rajput win national awards in PTA Reflections

Bob Jones High School

Knights of Columbus’ donations buy pods for MCS Special Education

Madison

Love is alive and well in the heart of this special artist

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – Feb. 14, 2024

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones, JC girls gear up for region play today at Wallace State

Business

Billboard selects Orion Amphitheater as “Top East Coast Amphitheater”

Madison

School choice: Is there really choice?

Bob Jones High School

Lady Patriota best James Clemens again to win Area 8 crown

Harvest

Triana chosen for Smithsonian’s ‘Crossroads: Change in Rural America’ exhibit

Bob Jones High School

Madison Street Festival grants reach $20K for 35 school projects

Harvest

Senior center members launch Arise2Read at Harvest elementary

Madison

MVP to promote Monarch butterfly survival with mural, contests

x