Happy Holidays from ATCC!

We’ve been celebrating all month long with charitable giving events, student activities, and holiday spirit all around.

Featured event: Law Enforcement Club gift giving

Our Law Enforcement Club partnered with Grant, Pope, and Todd County Sheriff’s Departments to donate hundreds of gifts to kids in need, as well as making a monetary donation to the Douglas County Toys for Kids program. As part of this annual event, ATCC Law Enforcement students did all the gift shopping, based on requests from each child. Popular toys this year included Fortnite merchandise, L.O.L. Surprise Dolls, and buckets upon buckets of slime.

The students received some very special requests. “A family with a 6-month-old had just moved here from Honduras. They asked for a Spanish-speaking educational toy,” said Rose, a student involved with the event. “That was tough to find, but it was awesome when we found one!”

Among the other unique gifts? Two giant stuffed unicorns!

When the shopping was done, our students wrapped the gifts, tagging them with a code that matched up to the receiving family.

Law Enforcement students Alexander, Alex, Rose, Allison, and instructor Scott Stumpf stand behind stacks of wrapped gifts
Law Enforcement students (left to right): Alexander, Alex, Rose, and Allison pose with instructor Scott Stumpf, behind some of the presents purchased and wrapped for families in need.

Charitable Giving Events

The holiday spirit doesn’t end there. Additional charitable events took place across the community:

  • SkillsUSA students participated in a “Money War,” donating the proceeds to Jingle Bells
  • ATCC Mitten Tree event resulted in dozens of toys going to 26 children – most being children of current students
  • Food drive for Jennie’s Cupboard restocked shelves to benefit ATCC students in need, just in time for holiday get-togethers
  • Law Enforcement and Early Childhood Education students volunteered at Alexandria Small Mall, an annual event that allows children to “shop” donated items to give to family members
  • Early Childhood Education students volunteered to help deliver baskets during the Santa for Seniors event
  • Early Childhood Education students read stories to young children in the Head Start program on campus
  • Law Enforcement students helped direct traffic at the annual Jingle Bells event
  • DECA students delivered care packages around campus

Fun Holiday Events

In addition, many fantastic holiday-themed events were held around campus:

  • Cocoa & Coloring was one of several De-stress-cember events centered around helping students succeed during finals – free snacks were also in abundance all month!
  • Paws for Pets brought cats and dogs on campus for petting, love, and lots of smiles
  • Interior Design students held a potluck and ugly sweater party
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus visited children of students and employees at the annual Cookies & Santa event – kids decorated cookies, enjoyed live entertainment, and got to meet Santa
  • A movie marathon was held (complete with snacks!) – featuring the movie Elf
  • Students adopted doors around campus and decorated them in a holiday theme – check the video below for the winners!
  • ATCC employees held a potluck to celebrate the end of the first semester and the upcoming holidays

It’s been an amazing (busy!) end to the semester, and we’re all excited for more! Spring semester begins January 13. In the meantime, enjoy our holiday highlight reel video!

Happy Holidays from all of us at ATCC!