Press Release


Friday, November 17, 2006
by Beth Sowers

Hannibal, MO.-The Hannibal-LaGrange College GateKeepers made Christmas gifts Thursday evening, November 16. The GateKeepers program pairs college students with at-risk fourth and fifth grade elementary students from the Hannibal and Palmyra areas.

The college students assisted each child as they made and wrapped Christmas gifts for family members. The activities included making ornaments, candy bags and other Christmas treats. The kids were also treated to dinner in the HLG cafeteria.

Ten HLG organizations sponsored a table, including Circle K, the Christian Ministry Vocations Fellowship (CMVF), Bytes Computer Club, Student Government Association (SGA), HLG cheerleaders, HLG women's soccer, Student-Missouri State Teachers Association (S-MSTA), Dr. Moschenrose's Social Psychology class, Art Club, and Alpha Tau Beta.

“The gift-making project is wonderful for the children. They are able to spend quality time with their GateKeepers, with a lot of fun and laughter. Making these gifts gives them the opportunity to give Christmas gifts to their families. It is also a joy to have so many HLG students involved in the activity,” said Judy Lemons, faculty sponsor for the program.

This year, 46 HLG students are paired with children from the area. Each week, the college students tutor the children, eat lunch with them at their elementary school or participate in group activities. GateKeepers was co-founded by HLG and the civic organization FACT (Families and Communities Together). For more information about the GateKeepers program, please contact Lemons at (573) 221-3675, ext. 294.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations