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Teen Angel, Teen Angel

For the 13th consecutive year, CSN students from across all three divisions embodied the holiday spirit by providing presents for young children at the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee. 

The Teen Angel program, which has become a yearly favorite, begins in November with each CSN student assigned a child to purchase clothing and toys for this holiday season. Over one thousand gifts were purchased this year by the CSN community! These gifts were wrapped and then bagged by our students for each Guadalupe Center classroom. On the final day of the semester, a group of dedicated US student volunteers loaded the presents for delivery, filling an entire bus and then some. These students then delivered the gifts to the Guadalupe Center where they were distributed to the children. Sadly, due to pandemic-related restrictions, CSN students were not able to hand-deliver the presents directly to the children as they did prior to the pandemic, with one student always dressed as Santa! Instead, they were able to drop them off outside of the classrooms and wave at all the smiling children from a distance. Last year our students were not even allowed inside the building when delivering presents, so they were grateful that things were slightly different this year. 

“It was amazing to see the kids light up when we brought in their presents,” says CSN junior Ali Lagergren. “I am so glad that the Guadalupe Center allowed us to go inside with our masks on to see the children this year. It meant a lot to be able to see them in person.” 

An event of this size and complexity would not be possible without the tireless organizational efforts of the entire faculty across our school. As CSN continues to grow, finding whole-school initiatives like this become even more special. It is important for us to reaffirm the legacy that our school’s founders envisioned as our role within the larger community. It is through stellar initiatives such as this that our students, faculty, and families truly embody what it means to be part of the Community School of Naples. 

 

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