Airport High students step up for community’s less-fortunate

Airport High School recorded a bounty of giving over the 2016 holiday period.


Photos by Terry Ward

During most of December, students and staff at the school donated more than 6,700 items. After researching to find the most needy, food baskets containing the items were delivered to Airport High School families.

The food items were delivered on the last day of school before the break, December 19, in order to account for three meals a day for the entire Winter Break.

In addition to the effort in December, in late November several Airport High athletes, teachers, and students delivered food to families during the Thanksgiving holiday. The goal of that project was to provide full meals to families with all of the fixings, said Daniel Bailey, Airport’s student government and early college adviser.

The assortment of food delivered was diverse. Families received snacks, fresh fruit, canned and packaged foods, and vegetables. And Bailey said it was not just food.

“There were even quilts donated from a local church,” he said.

As a part of one project, student officers adopted a family of four that was currently displaced, and living in a local shelter, and worked to fulfill their Christmas wishes.

Senators in student government also collected toys and donated them to local groups in the West Columbia and Cayce area.

ahs-4The groups at the school included in the giving effort were the guidance department, administration, the School Improvement Council, teachers, ROTC, Beta Club, Bigger Picture Club, Tri-M Music Honor Society, along with student government.

“I am so very proud of my friends and my community for making dreams come alive,” said Airport High School Registrar Mallory Deaver. “I am in awe.”

Deaver said baskets were filled with spaghetti dinners, holiday hams, and more, to feed families over Christmas break. “Thank you,” Deaver said.

Student Government officer, Caylee Taylor, oversaw one of the projects to benefit a local shelter.

“From our Airport family to yours, we hope you all have a Merry Christmas,” she said.