December 21, 2023


Holland, MI- For over 10 years, students in the Software and Game Development (S&G) program at Careerline Tech Center, a service of Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, have organized and facilitated a Toys for Tots campaign as a community service project for the S&G program.

Software Game Dev AM with toys Software Game Dev pm with toys

“Our student-led Toys for Tots event is a heartwarming display of generosity and community spirit,” Emmanuel Martinez, Software and Game Development Instructor for Careerline Tech Center, said. “With over 200 toys collected, it's clear that our small acts can make a big difference.”

The S&G Student Leadership Team placed toy collection boxes in Tech Center classrooms as well as the front office and nearby OAISD Educational Services Building. Students are responsible for crafting and delivering motivational announcements over the PA, collecting and counting the toys, and then carrying the boxes of toys out to the Lakeshore Toys for Tots pickup truck. 

Through facilitating the Toys for Tots campaign, students practice key employability and leadership skills such as organization, professionalism, and communication while impacting their community. 

"Being a part of Toys for Tots and having the opportunity to give kids in need the toys they deserve for Christmas is one of my favorite parts of the holidays,” S&G Development program student and senior at  Blair Ciolk, said. “I have had the pleasure of helping with Toys for Tots for the past two years and I'm excited to see how it develops in the future."

All Tech Center programs were challenged to contribute presents and the chance to win a pizza party for the classes. The Public Safety and Security Services program contributed almost half of the presents to secure the win. 

“We look forward to continuing this tradition and hope to see even more programs join in to spread more joy and make the next event even more successful,” Martinez said.

Careerline Tech Center 

Operated by Ottawa Area ISD, Careerline Tech Center prepares high school juniors and seniors for tomorrow's workforce by providing career and technical education in more than 25 career areas. CTC serves students from public and private high schools, as well as those who are homeschooled, within the following local school districts: Allendale, Coopersville, Grand Haven, Hamilton, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Saugatuck, Spring Lake, West Ottawa, and Zeeland. 


Ottawa Area Intermediate School District 

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District works collaboratively with schools and communities to meet the educational needs of students of all ages in the Ottawa area. By pooling resources and providing services regionally, Ottawa Area ISD provides important programs and services to local K‐12 school districts, charter, parochial and private schools and adults in the most cost‐effective ways possible. To learn more about Ottawa Area ISD visit www.oaisd.org