Spanish Club’s 20th annual toy drive helps dozens of families

Thanks to the generosity of the Fayetteville-Manlius School District community, the holidays were brighter for dozens of local children-in-need.

During the month of December, Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s Spanish Club collected new and unwrapped toys, games, puzzles and more for its 20th annual holiday toy drive, The Wish Tree, which benefits underprivileged children who live in Syracuse, NY. 

Spanish Club partnered with Syracuse City School District’s Seymour Elementary School to help in-need families provide holiday gifts for their children. 

This year’s drive brought in 80 gifts, which were donated by students, staff and community members. On Dec. 20, Spanish Club hosted a gift-wrapping party so that students and staff members could celebrate the holiday season together while preparing the donated gifts for delivery.

“I hope we were able to put a smile on someone’s face,” said senior Emma Angotti, who serves as the club’s vice president. “We wanted to provide children with holiday gifts that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to receive.”

Emma said the club’s priority this year is to spread interest in Spanish language and culture and give back to the community.

Spanish Club is advised by Sra. Campitello-Chevez and in addition to Emma includes F-M students Natalee Barber (treasurer, senior), Gracie Bishop (secretary, senior), Scott Hills (public relations, junior), Charlie Hoffman (president, senior) and Allison Wong (public relations, junior). 

This is an image of several high school students standing together during a gift-wrapping event
Members of Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s Spanish Club celebrate the holiday season while wrapping gifts for local children-in-need.
This is an image of three high school students standing together
On Dec. 20, Fayetteville-Manlius High School Spanish Club members wrapped dozens of donated gifts for local children-in-need.