Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine Host Second Annual Toy Drive for Tots at George Washington Carver Elementary School
By Anissa L. Riley
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (December 19, 2016) - As the 2016 fall semester comes to a close, the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM) wanted to share in the true spirit of this time of year which is to be thankful and giving. TUCVM showed the spirit of giving through hosting the Second Annual “Toy Drive for Tots“ on Dec. 13 at the George Washington Carver (GWC) Elementary School located in Tuskegee.
“This year’s ‘Toy Drive for Tots’ was a continuation of the inspired vision between the veterinary students and the TUCVM administration that was initiated last year by the Class of 2019. It was so successful and appreciated by the GWC faculty, administration and of course precious children that it was then decided that the TUCVM will keep the toy drive as an annual event,”said Dr. Ruby Perry, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
GWC Elementary School had a total of 259 boys and girls in all three classes consisting of pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade. TUCVM had the goal of providing each child in these classes with one gift. To accomplish this, the school was divided into three sections: TUCVM’s senior class (fourth year students) and Office of the Dean - gifts for the Pre-k children; TUCVM second and third year students - gifts for the kindergarten children; and TUCVM first year students and the faculty and staf - gifts for the first grade children.
Since the first year class (Class of 2020) was responsible for the holiday decorations in the veterinary college, they also took the lead with organizing the toy drive with the other veterinary students, and were also responsible for providing Santa and Santa’s elves. However, the Class of 2020 assisted them in making this year’s Toy Drive another successful activity of sharing. The TUCVM faculty and staff assisted as Santa's helpers to distribute the toys to the students.
The teachers and administration at George Washington Carver Elementary School and the Macon County School Board were again very appreciative that the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine had continued the tradition from last year in selecting their students to participate in the “Toy Drive for Tots“ program.
“Our TUCVM family is truly special and came together to make this year’s toy drive another success. Not only did the children enjoy the event but the veterinary college participants did as well. It truly is a great feeling to give and the delight in the children was special to all of us,“ said Dr. Roslyn Casimir, associate dean for student affairs in the TUCVM.