A caring community makes the holidays happier for kindergarten kids at Tallahassee's Riley Elementary School
Kindergarten students at Tallahassee's Riley Elementary School left their classes on Thursday, Dec. 15, with bags full of presents. It was the result of a community-wide effort to make sure no child would go without gifts during the holidays.
Situated in the midst of the city's lowest-income areas, Riley has been adopted by several Tallahassee businesses that help provide what's needed. One of these is The Moore Agency where Shannon Smith works.
"They deserve it and they need it and it's the right thing to do. And I'm so appreciative to live in a community where that happens all the time," she commented during the gift-giving party.
Also happy was Leon School Board Member Marcus Nicholas.
"It's absolutely amazing to see the community come out and support our kindergartners at Riley Elementary School. I'm just so proud!"
After Santa and Mrs. Claus presented each child with their gift bag - which included a new cold weather coat - the celebration concluded with a dance party in the school cafeteria.