For as long as I've been at my current school, and who knows how long before, the students in our school's AVID program have collected presents for elementary students at a school not too far from ours. Ours is in an upper-middle-class neighborhood with many well-to-do people, the elementary school in question is not in the best of neighborhoods. Oh, there are far worse neighborhoods in the world, but every year we're told of students who say that the present they got from the high school kids was the only one they'll get for Christmas that year. It's kind of a big deal.
This year our 3rd period classes collected presents. The top 3 classes in gift donations get a donut party--and if you know me, you know I want a donut. I only agree to participate in the program, though, if my 3rd period class votes overwhelmingly to participate. I explained that this is one of those times where it's not enough to have good intentions, that since they voted overwhelmingly to participate that they actually have to bring presents in.
Setting the example, I brought in the first one, a race car set.
We got off to a slow start, but as the deadline neared more presents came in. Each day or two the AVID students would come in and clear out the presents, and near the end they told us that we were very nearly in the lead. Today, the last day to bring in presents, we had a veritable Leaning Tower of Presents in the classroom and it took several students to clear them out.
At the end of 6th period today an announcement was made--we didn't win. We weren't in the top 3. In fact, I found out a little later that we were ever so slightly edged out of the top spot by another class, putting us in 4th.
I want a recount. (or a donut.)