Eagle College Prep students give foster children Christmas presents

Eagle College Prep South Mountain middle school students Emily Christopher, left, and Sofia Lopez, right, hand out presents to a classroom of elementary students at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona’s Residential Treatment Center and School in Scottsdale. The two seventh-graders spent three months organizing the fundraiser to give foster children presents this Christmas. (Devereux Arizona)

Two middle school students from Eagle College Prep South Mountain organized a fundraiser to help foster children at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona’s Residential Treatment Center in Scottsdale.

“As part of a project for Eagle Prep’s National Junior Honor Society, Emily Christopher and Sofia Lopez, both 12, brightened spirits to an elementary classroom of nine students by making sure they had a present to open this Christmas after raising $250,” according to a release.

From left are Dineen Rouse, principal; Emily Christopher; Sofia Lopez; and Andrea Baltz, teacher. (Devereux Arizona)

The two seventh-graders spent three months organizing the fundraiser at their school and selling tickets to host a crazy shoes and sock day for the entire K-8 school, according to the release.

“I’ve had a rocky past with my parents being divorced,” Ms. Christopher, a first-year NJHS member, said in the release. “I wanted to help someone that’s going through a tough time have a present this Christmas.”

Devereux’s Residential Treatment Center is a 10-acre therapeutic campus where youth between the ages of 5-17 live and attend school while receiving treatment for emotional, mental, behavioral and/or substance abuse challenges, according to the release.

“I’ve heard the stories about our foster care system has been a growing problem for our state,” Ms. Lopez, a third-year honor society member, said in the release. “I wanted to do something nice for a child in foster care.”

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