Dora JAG class hosts Santa’s workshop to raise funds

Dora School’s JAG class hosted Santa’s workshop this year, providing a place for students to shop for gifts for family members and take part in fun activities. The JAG class is pictured here with their “burr baskets,” winter-themed gift baskets they gave to each other. Pictured, from left, are: Braxtin Wright, John Kinder, Clyde Coble, MaKenzie Cahill-Goodman, Cecilya Knox, Kynslee Vandiver, Olivia Martin, Madison Howell, Emily Robertson, Amanda McKee and Amelia Menz. Front Row: Savannah Brown, Sawyer Fox, Kadence Knox, Hope Green, Sean Graham, Karly Bettis, Calli Dobbs, Nikki Enos, Addi Simpson and Kara Anderson.

Dora students, from left, Hope Deatherage, Dwight Collins and Leilani Reyes, smile as they finish up their Christmas crafts in the Dora High School JAG classroom, which was transitioned into a Santa’s Workshop for the holidays.

Dora students were invited to shop for family Christmas gifts. Pictured from left are: Greyson Uhlmann shopping with helper MaKenzie Cahill-Goodman, Ransom Krusen, Alice Wheeler, JAG student Kara Anderson and Everleigh Antrim.

JAG students helped students wrap gifts they purchased at the Santa’s Workshop. Pictured, from left, are: Calli Dobbs, Greyson Freeman, Addi Simpson, Dawson Gregory, Olivia Martin and Roark Van Ranken. Each student was allowed one item and others could be purchased as gifts.

JAG student Hope Gree helps Leilani Reyes (front) wrap a Christmas gift for a family member.

It’s been a festive good time at Dora School this month. The Dora JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) class has hosted its Santa’s Workshop, a Christmas gift shopping room open to students at the Dora School District. “We had all of the classes come in at a scheduled time, and we let the kids shop,” said JAG teacher Amanda McKee. “The kids who did not have any money were still able to get an item, and all of our students made a Christmas ornament to take home to family. We also did gift wrapping for all of the presents. We had Christmas movies, music and hot cocoa and candy canes for the kiddos to enjoy.”

All of the money raised at the event went back to the Dora JAG program and will be used for career trips, scholarships and learning opportunities, McKee said. 

“The feedback from the teachers this year was awesome! They loved that all students in their class were able to participate in the Santa’s workshop activities. My students were able to help the younger students shop, wrap presents and interact. Our classroom was filled with chaos, joy, laughter, wrapping paper and my students developed some business and time management skills while spreading Christmas cheer. We are looking forward to next year and how we can make it even better.”

Follow along to see more photos of Santa’s Workshop shopping, crafting and fun, along with other JAG class updates on the Dora JAG Facebook page. 

Ozark County Times

504 Third Steet
PO Box 188
Gainesville, MO 65655

Phone: (417) 679-4641
Fax: (417) 679-3423