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Happy Holidays from Toler Elementary
Picture drawn by Jakael Meadows, Toler's winner in the Garland ISD Holiday Card Contest.
Toler is Involved in Our Community
Garland ISD Food Drive
Toler was proud to do its part in this year’s Garland ISD food drive contributing 1,250 food items. Across Garland ISD students and staff contributed a total of 96,737 food items during this year’s drive. The food drive helps support families in need in Rowlett, Sachse and Garland. Of course, our primary goal is to help people in need but there was a friendly competition among Toler classes to see who could collect the greatest number of food items per student with Dr. Hood offering a Pizza Party to the wining class. The winning class this year is Ms. Harris Second Grade with 21.6 items per student. Ms Kier's Third Grade was second with 12.3 items per student. Since the food drive began Garland ISD students and staff have collected over two and a half million food items to help our community.
Supplies for Jonathan’s Place
One of our fifth grade students, Fernanda, lives near Jonathan’s Place. Jonathan’s Place is a temporary shelter for children who need a place to stay while the Texas Department of Family Services works to find them a permanent place. Fernanda and her mother decided they should help Jonathan’s Place by collecting supplies they needed: new shampoos, deodorants, socks, and hairbrushes, and new or gently used school uniforms, shoes, and children’s clothing. Fernanda asked our principle, Dr. Hood, if Toler could help. Toler was proud to collect several items for Jonathan’s Place and proud of Fernanda for getting Toler involved.
This year instead of the traditional Science fair Toler took part in the STEAM (science, technology, arts, engineering, math) Challenge. The STEAM Challenge involves students work on problems in a more realistic setting, like they might find in industry or business. Working in teams and given limited resources students were asked to find the best solutions to challenges presented. Challenges like building the strongest bridge or the highest tower, or protecting an egg dropped from six feet in the air. Toler students built several impressive and creative structures then tested what they had built to see which worked best and where things failed. And, they had a lot of fun.