Enka 'Elves' Bring Community Together

Enka 'Elves' Bring Community Together
Posted on 12/15/2021
An Enka High School (EHS) classroom looked like Santa’s Workshop on Wednesday as the Student Government Association (SGA) stuffed gift bags for their annual Elves for Enka donation drive.From the BCS Communications Department:

An Enka High School (EHS) classroom looked like Santa’s Workshop on Wednesday as the Student Government Association (SGA) stuffed gift bags for their annual Elves for Enka donation drive.

Each year, Elves for Enka brings the whole community together. Students raise money in their second period classes and have a friendly competition to see which class can raise the most. The EHS Student Services Department also raises money and buys the clothes, computer cases, toiletries, and other goodies that fill the gift bags. The Biltmore Lake Community also supports Elves for Enka through their Giving Garland project. After all the donations are sorted and prepared, the school holds a party and distributes the gift bags to students chosen by Student Services or selected by teachers.

“We want to make sure that they get something, because everybody deserves something during the holiday season,” said SGA President and EHS senior Kevin Donahue. “It’s really great for students to be helping their peers. It builds a sense of pride in their school and their community. Today especially, it’s a really good day to be a Jet.”

SGA members laughed as they busily sorted gifts, stuffed the bags, and arrayed them in rows on Wednesday. Senior Kaitlyn Ensley joined a group of students who tossed pieces of candy into the gift bags.

“I think it’s so important for everyone to feel loved and appreciated,” she said. “These gifts matter to people.”

A lot goes on behind the scenes, said EHS school social worker Lisa Von Dohlen. Starting in September, Student Services staff research and plan customized gifts like the Enka hoodies, T-shirts, and tumblers in this year’s gift bags. They establish relationships and find funding sources across the community all year long. Ms. Von Dohlen also keeps track of students who would benefit most from Elves for Enka.

“This community has such cheer, generosity, and pride,” she said. “This is just what we do. It’s part of our culture.”

Enka High is still accepting donations for Elves for Enka. Anyone interested is asked to email SGA advisor Jennifer Kruk or Ms. Von Dohlen.

The Enka High School Student Government Association poses with some of the Elves for Enka gift bags.