Contact: Anissa L. Riley, Director, Office of External Affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine
The veterinary family of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM) shared the true spirit of giving during the holiday season through hosting the Third Annual “Toy Drive for Tots” on Dec. 13 at the George Washington Carver (GWC) Elementary School located in Tuskegee.
“The ‘Toy Drive for Tots’ is now a growing tradition in our college by being a continuation of the inspired vision between the veterinary students and the TUCVM administration that was initiated by the Class of 2019 two years ago,” said Dr. Ruby L. Perry, dean of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine.
“The toy drive has been so successful and appreciated by the GWC’s adorable children, faculty, and administration; however, our students, faculty and staff have been amazing as well. No doubt, the college family has enjoyed the experience and making a difference in children's lives,” Perry continued.
To ensure all 252 boys and girls in all three classes consisting of pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade at GWC received a gift, TUCVM divided into three sections to designate the purchase of gifts: TUCVM’s senior class (fourth-year students) and Office of the Dean – provided gifts for the Pre-k children; TUCVM second and third year students – provided gifts for the kindergarten children; and TUCVM first-year students and the faculty and staff – provided gifts for the first grade children.
The first year class (Class of 2021) took the lead with organizing the toy drive with the other veterinary students and were also responsible for providing Santa and Santa's elves. The TUCVM faculty and staff assisted as Santa's helpers to distribute the toys to the students.
The teachers and administration at George Washington Carver Elementary School and the Macon County School Board were again very appreciative that the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine had again continued the tradition in selecting their students to participate in the “Toy Drive for Tots” program. Principal Norman Williams, Jr., Dean of Students TriShonne Tullos and Counselor Gloria Clinkscales helped with the toy drive organization on the school’s end.
“Thanks to the Class of 2021 and the TUCVM students, faculty and staff for again coming together to make the toy drive a success again. Our students as well as all the college Santa helpers enjoyed the event and seeing the children hug Santa and faces light up in anticipation of their wrapped gift. This was truly as special to all of us in the College of Veterinary Medicine as it was to the children at GWC,” said Dr. Roslyn Casimir, TUCVM’s associate dean for academic and student affairs.
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