By Brooke Nowakowski | Editor-in-Chief

Senior Dominique Ramos hunches over the outline of a package, eyes fixed on the stick of glitter in her hand.

“I think I’m using up all the silver,” she laughs, outlining her sketch of a jauntily wrapped package on the bright butcher paper.

Ramos joined a group of National Honor Society students last Monday afternoon in an after-hours effort to construct promotional materials for the organization’s ongoing toy drive.

“NHS announced it, and it got me interested,” senior Carlos Rodriguez, another volunteer, said. “I really hope that kids enjoy what we try to give for them.”

The drive asked students and other members of the Johnson community to bring new, unwrapped toys, video games and arts and craft supplies to the main office over the next two weeks. All donations will be placed at the Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital, in the ward for children facing cancer treatment.

“I think it’s really creative, and it’s really giving. I hope that a lot of kids end up with toys and art supplies to keep them happy while they’re in the hospital,” Ramos said.

While the entertainment value of the donations is certainly taken into account, NHS students have further wishes for the reach of the gifts that Johnson will bring to Christus Santa Rosa this holiday season.

“I really hope that they understand that there are people who care about them; that they know that they’re in someone’s prayers,” Rodriguez said. “We try to make their Christmas better. For them to feel like they have a normal life.”

The toy drive ended on December 16. For more information on the charity or on donations, students may contact Debbie Shewbridge or Brenda Vanek.

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About The Author

Brooke Nowakowski is a senior at Johnson, and very glad to be. When she isn't waging wars in red ink as one half of the dynamic Tsai-Nowakowski editorship, she enjoys Latin Club, academic U.I.L. competition, and throwing for the Varsity Track and Field team. This past summer, she was a foreign exchange student at Shuri High School in Naha, Japan. In the future, she hopes to further expand her horizons with additional language study and travel. Her hobbies include blogging, swimming, and taking lengthy road-trips in the backwoods of the American South.

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