Cotton Pickers kickoff Cotton Tree Christmas

Posted at 9:55 AM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 10:55:15-05

ROBSTOWN, Texas — Nearly 150 Robstown ISD students were picked by their teachers and counselors to receive a special Christmas gift.

Teachers looked for students who exemplified a hard working student in and outside of the classroom, and also took their needs into account.

"We knew they came from a household where there were multiple siblings or maybe the families weren't able to provide a gift," said Nataline Hall, Robstown ISD Social Worker.

The Christmas idea has been in the works for nearly a year. Over 90 sponsors ranging from the community to businesses received anonymous students to shop for. In October, teachers sent "interested cards" to sponsors with

information about the students, including clothing sizes.

"They wrote some toys but they wrote socks, and 'I want a warm jacket, I want pants.' So I think anything they get they will be ecstatic," said Christian De'Leon, Robstown ISD Social Worker.

We're talking about kids like Robstown ISD Elementary Student, Ryan Lopez. ""I got a dirty jacket and I want a new one," said Ryan.

Students are taken to the library separate from their class, where they open their presents together, just like Christmas morning.

Robstown ISD faculty says this is something they want to be a forever tradition where hard working students are recognized They hope this will inspire the kids to continue doing their best year round.