Claremont students receive gift bags as part of Hillcub Adoption toy drive
Mark Friedel Staff Reporter
The Rogers State University Alumni Association delivered more than 500 gift bags and basketballs Wednesday to Claremont Elementary students as part of the annual Hillcub Adoption toy drive.
Members of the alumni association, along with representatives of the university, packed a bus full of the gift bundles and delivered them in person at the school.
The drive, Hillcubs on the Move, is aimed at encouraging students to become more active. Each gift bag was filled with a jump rope, a “future Hillcat” T-shirt, a water bottle, a Frisbee and a coloring sheet.
“We wanted to make sure that all of our Hillcubs had access to something that would help them stay healthy this holiday season,” said Marissa Littlefield, director of the RSU Alumni Association.
She said the drive was successful because of the many volunteers who helped collect and organize the gift items for delivery. Volunteers, not only that work at RSU, but friends of the university as well.
Gift bags also included signed photographs of the RSU basketball teams and tickets to some of the games.
“I don’t know how you can put something this great into words,” said Claremont Principal Brian Young. “It’s exciting to see these students’ faces light up when they see what they’re getting. The generosity and volume of effort put forth to make this happen is unbelievable. We can’t thank the alumni association, and the community enough for these gifts.”
Young said the toy drive is just the tip of the iceberg. As Claremont’s partner in education, RSU students are working with the students weekly, tutoring them in reading and math. The Hillcub program also offers Lunch Buddies, where RSU students eat lunch with Claremont students while encouraging them to succeed in school and prepare for college.
The RSU Alumni Association is still accepting donations to cover costs associated with this year’s drive. For more information about the Hillcub Adoption Program or to make a tax-deductible contribution, call Marisa Littlefield at (918) 343-6816.