Christmas Lights Program treats local children, teaches life skills

Christmas Lights Program treats local children, teaches life skills
Christmas Lights Program treats local children, teaches life skills

In its fifth year, the Christmas Lights Program, sponsored by the Houston-based Mostyn Moreno Educational Foundation, provided 60 life skills students from Port Neches-Groves with a $50 gift card for each student to buy their own Christmas gifts, a luncheon and the chance to meet Santa on Monday, Dec. 7.

Allowing students to purchase their own gifts is part of the program’s plan to help teach them the life skills they work so hard on all school-year long.

“Unlike other programs that solicit toys to give to needy children, our program takes children to a local retail store so they may select and purchase their own Christmas gifts. This allows the children to use critical skills such as math, decision-making, social skills and other important life skills with the guidance of their teachers,” states the Mostyn Moreno Foundation website. The foundation takes the children shopping at a local Walmart, then provides a free luncheon with parents and teachers at the MCM Eleganté with a Santa photo op.

“We’re real excited to be a part of it. … We look forward to this every year,” said PN-G ISD’s Special Education Director Jeffrey Kuchar. “The kids look forward to it, the parents look forward to it … it’s just a great opportunity for our children.”

According to the foundation’s executive director, Monte Osburn, while PN-G life skills students were Monday’s recipients, the giving doesn’t stop there. Nederland students were assisted by the program on Tuesday, Port Arthur students on Wednesday, and Beaumont students were to be split between Thursday and Friday. There are 19 school districts in all that benefit from the foundation’s holiday program.

For more information, visit the foundation’s website at www.mostynmoreno.org.

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