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Annual Santa Bucks Event Benefits Students

Campus tradition keeps the holiday spirit bright
IRVING, Texas- On December 4, students at North Lake College will take time to serve one another. In an annual event known as “Santa Bucks,” students receive $30 in play money to shop for items donated by their classmates, instructors and even the community. From gently used clothing to food and toys, all items cost $1 in Santa Bucks.
Student Publications Manager and Event Coordinator Kathleen Stockmier says Santa Bucks is an operation of support, collaboration and care. “Students in our Journalism Club sponsor the event, while our government classes collect food and the Serving Learning Club gift-wraps and folds clothes,” says Stockmier. “A holiday shopping spree of this magnitude truly requires all hands on deck.”
Approximately 400 students shopped at Santa Bucks in 2012. Stockmier expects another large turnout this year. Contributing factors may include the recent food stamps cut, government shutdown, persistent unemployment, and tight family budgeting. Whatever this year’s attendance, however, Santa Bucks’ supplies are stocked and ready. “We’re trying to keep the holiday spirit bright,” explains Stockmier. “No student should have to go without.”
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North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression.