Quest students take part in holiday gift drive


Members of Quest Elementary School's National Elementary Honor Society gather around a Christmas tree with gift tags.

Carl Kotala

With the holidays approaching, Quest Elementary School students are doing their best to spread some cheer to foster children in need.

Quest’s National Elementary Honor Society, sponsored by teacher Tracy Lally, is working with the Friends of Children of Brevard on a holiday gift drive to help supply gifts to underprivileged children throughout the local community.

The foster children have been removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment or neglect.

A Christmas tree was placed in the lobby of the school with cards that provide information about the child along with one Christmas wish item.

There were 200 tags on the tree the day it was put up. It wasn’t long before all of those tags had been taken. More tags have since been added to the tree.

“The Quest administration knows that our staff and families foster a sense of compassion with our students,” Quest Assistant Principal Tauna Phillips wrote in an email.

“The fact that the 285 tags delivered were gone in 48 hours just confirms this. We are so proud of our Quest community and their kindness. Tags will continue to be delivered in order for all of our families to have the opportunity to participate.”