Our Memories: Emma Humphries

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Emma Humphries, Staff Writer

One of my favorite events this year was getting to create and host the Greatest Gift Week. My friend had reached out to me in September and asked if I wanted to be her DECA partner even though I had no experience and had never taken marketing. I said sure and we started a project. That project had already been pretty well publicized and there wasn’t much we could do to help, so a month before our project was due, we came up with the idea to plan a week of celebration for the Special Ed kids at Central. We drove all around town getting donations from local businesses and even to a city council meeting to obtain a proclamation. I don’t think I slept at all. We made crafts every day with the kids in their classrooms, handed out all kinds of promotional items like pencils and M&Ms with notes attached, and ended the week with a Christmas party. We got the kids to decorate cookies and play games and just have fun together. It was really cool to see how much fun the kids had and even though I was absolutely exhausted, it was definitely worth it. And all of my friends were really supportive and helped me get through school that week on top of everything else I had going on. I got to go out into the community and work with businesses as well as several local news outlets, which will help me in the future. The project gained us a place at Internationals in Nashville, which we obviously won’t attend, but I am so very thankful for the joy that the week brought me and the support I got from all my friends and teachers.