MOUNT VERNON — Holiday Stockings filled with personal hygiene items were donated to New Directions on Dec. 10.
The 23 stocking were made by students in the Child Development and Parenting class at Mount Vernon High School. The gifts distributed to children at the New Directions Holiday Party for clients.
Students individually designed their stockings, focusing on colors and patterns interesting to young children, creating unique gifts that were filled with donated personal hygiene items. Martha Melick, family consumer science teacher and FCCLA advisor, explained that the weeklong project combined several course standards: Demonstrating knowledge of age-appropriate toys and simple sewing.
The stocking contents of toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap, shampoo, lotion, wash cloths, combs, brushes and small toys were donated by Rodney Beckett DDS, Wigal Orthodontics, Mount Vernon City School staff, and friends and family members of the students.
When the project was first introduced, several students, both male and female, were apprehensive about their creative skills. Hearing the students discuss with pride how much a young child will like the stocking they made indicates the success of this project. This is the seventh year MVHS students have made stocking for New Directions, but the first year they were created by child development students.