The 2012 Operation Santa Claus Wrap Party celebrated the generosity of the Oak Lawn Community High School students and staff. Over 45 students attended the Wrap Party to wrap 310 gifts in one hour! 2012 was a unique year in that 27 individuals from 8 families, 6 of whom have children attending OLCHS, received gifts. In addition to collecting 310 gifts, Operation Santa Claus collected a record $1,955 in gift cards. These included gift cards for gas, Target cards, and Walmart cards. Science teacher Jamie Hernandez was instrumental in assisting with the Wrap Party and delivering gifts.
Several programs made this year’s donations extra special. The girls’ basketball program donated an iPod touch for an OLCHS student in need. The National Honor Society donated a stroller for a mom with a 2 ½ year old and a large beanbag chair. The Senior Class donated a karaoke machine and CD Walkman for two girls who love to sing and listen to music. The Special Education Department and Administrative Team collected $500, and the Student Activities Office donated money to purchase last minute gifts and supplies. Finally, the students donated over $260 in spare change to help with operating expenses and gift purchases.
The event was sponsored by Mrs. Ellen Kruger, a math teacher at Oak Lawn Community High School.