Students rally together to help kids with parents in military

Hundreds of teddy bears line a a table at Rooster Elementary School. (Thomas Costley/KXAN)

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — Students in Dripping Springs are reaching out to help other children.

Second-graders at Rooster Springs Elementary saw a need to help children of deployed parents with the Texas National Guard.

They got the idea to plan and organize a school dance, then use the money raised to buy specially-designed dolls from Operation Give A Hug. The dolls have slot in the face where a picture of a loved one can be put in.

The Rooster Springs students ended up raising nearly $2,800 at a schoolwide sock-hop.

“The kids that have their mom in the military, or their dad in the military, and they’re going to go to them,” said student Mia Simoms. “So they don’t feel so lonely because they can put a picture of them in their head.”

“It was hard work doing this,” Cooper McClure said. “I like it. It was a fun project.”

“I think it made an impact because they are helping other kids,” said Wendy Powers, a 2nd grade teacher at the school. “And this is a great organization because they wanted to make it great for my class. So instead of just sending off a check saying ‘good job, you purchased this’, they made a point of sending the dolls here so my students could see what these 324 dolls look like.”

Representatives from Camp Mabry accepted the dolls at a school assembly complete with a military color guard ceremony.

“It’s a memento to be able to put the face of the parent on the doll so they can remember in those sleepless nights, or when they are feeling lonely and sad, dad or mom is with there with them,” said Maj. Miguel Torres with the Texas Army National Guard. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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