Department of Education and Psychology spread holiday cheer at A. W. Watson

During the Christmas holiday, Alcorn State University’s Department of Education and Psychology got into the Christmas spirit by adopting a class at A. W. Watson Elementary School in Port Gibson, Mississippi and showering them with gifts.

The department gave 20 gifts that included Barbie dolls, remote controlled cars and trucks, custom jewelry and board games to Sally Straughter’s first-grade class in December.

Clayton Buck, manager of Alcorn’s Curriculum Resource Center and Computer Lab, said that he and his colleagues decided to give to the class while attending their annual Christmas Luncheon.

“We always do Secret Santa or Bad Santa to bring in Christmas cheer, but this year, we wanted to give back to one of our cooperating schools that accepts our students and prepares them for the workforce,” said Buck, who was also the toy drive coordinator. “So instead of receiving gifts, we adopted a class and helped spread Christmas cheer to some young people.”

Buck, who read “T’was the Night Before Christmas” to the children as the gifts were being passed out, said that the gesture filled them with joy.

“I was joyous. There isn’t anything I would trade to see those children’s eyes as I started to open the bag filled with goodies. We had a fun filled time. It’s always good to give and be cheerful in all seasons. This has been one of my best experiences here at Alcorn.”