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IVVC EMT students honored for helping DeKalb County children

Class oversaw school-wide competition to aid Toys for Tots campaign

Published: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Capt. Sarah Speerly, EMT instructor at Indian Valley Vocational Center, and the p.m. EMT students accept a plaque from Marine James Hill, DeKalb County Marine Corps League representative, received in appreciation for the EMT students' help with the 2016 Toys for Tots drive. Also pictured is IVVC Director Joe Barbic.

Students enrolled in the Indian Valley Vocational Center EMT program recently helped to “Make the Grinch’s Heart Grow” as was their theme for the class’ second year of participation in the Toys for Tots drive.

Again this year, the class partnered with the DeKalb County Marine Corps League to help local children to have a happy holiday.

Emergency Medical Technician students collected 191 new toys in drop boxes placed at IVVC and the Somonauk schools.

The class sponsored a school-wide competition between the IVVC programs, awarding a donut party to the Graphic Design class for donating the highest number of toys.

Many hours were spent helping to set up and work at the toy distribution held at the Sandwich VFW on Dec. 17-18.

The EMT students and some of their parents worked to organize toys and stationed people for the distribution.

Marine James Hill expressed his gratitude for all of the help, especially with students’ organizational ideas and assistance with bilingual communications.