WHS to aid Gingerbread House

To celebrate its 20-year reunion the Waxahachie High School class of 1992 will be lending a helping had to those in need this year. The class will be making a donation of play therapy toys to the Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center for its new playroom.

“As we started meeting and preparing for the party and the parade one of the ladies had an idea for a service project in conjunction with our reunion weekend,” class spokesperson Stephanie Singleton said. “I just think that every reunion class at their milestone reunion should do some kind of project. I know that it has brought us together. Instead of planning how much we need to get for catering or what we are going to decorate or what we are going to do on a parade.”

Singleton said the idea came to help the center because one of their classmates, Mark Odom, was the architect that designed the center building located on East Ross Street.  The building was completed in December of 2007.

The center works with local law enforcement agencies to provide a safe place where young victims, who are involved in cases of child abuse, sexual abuse, homicide or even a child death, can be interviewed once and not have to re-live the experience though multiple interviews.

Executive Director John Wyckoff said the center is preparing to construct a new play therapy room. When the group approached him about the service project he provided them with a list of items that were needed to furnish it.

Some of the items that the class will provide include a puppet theater with puppets, dress up outfits, a sand tray table with figurines, books and board games.

Wyckoff said play therapy is helpful because younger children who become a victim can’t express verbally the way an older person would. Toys become tools that a professional therapist uses.

This past year the Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center saw about 278 children and had 547 individual free counseling sessions. The items for the new room will be donated by the class this coming Friday as a part of its homecoming celebration. Bids for the play therapy room are being taken by the center and plans are it should be completed by January.

Singleton said she wants to encourage people who are celebrating reunions or people who reach a milestone in their life to give back to the community as a way to say thank you for what the community has done for them.

For more information about the center, contact Wyckoff at john.eccac@ectisp.net or 972-937-1870 or go online to www.elliscountygingerbreadhouse.org.

Used with permission from the Waxahachie Daily Light.

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