Cool Schools: Pearl School District helps students in need get gifts for Christmas

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PEARL, Miss. (WJTV) – The Pearl School District is partnering with the Pearl Chamber of Commerce to give toys to less fortunate students with their Angel Tree program.

A Christmas tree filled with students names and what they want for Christmas is situated at the Pearl Chamber of Commerce’s office. Pearl residents can come to the office and pick up a student’s wish list.

The partnership between the School District and the Chamber started a few years ago. They had separate but similar programs.

“The Chamber asked if they could join us,” said Pearl School District Counselor Gina Morgigno,

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director Kathy Deer said they could not do it without the help of the school.

“They are easy to work with, they are exactly what we need,” said Deer.

Deer said the process is simple. After getting a students wish list, bring the gift back to the Chamber unwrapped.

“The school counselors will come and pick it up, take it back, wrap it, then call the parents to pick the gifts up,” said Deer.

Morgigno said when parents receive the gifts, they are always so touched.

“The reaction from the parents is wonderful to see,” said Morgigno, “They are so appreciative because they love their kids and they are doing the best they can in helping to provide during Christmas. This gives them a little help.”

The Pearl School District and the Pearl Chamber of Commerce do the program every Christmas.

“We love our students and our community loves our students,” said Morgigno.

“It is just a great blessing to be able to give back,” said Deer, “To whom much is given, much is also required.”

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