Who is my Secret Elf?….was the question the B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students had been thinking about for the past week! After the Community Based Instruction (CBI) to Walmart where students purchased gifts for their Secret Elf, they had to keep it a secret until the day of the holiday party.

This year, the students enjoyed lunch and dessert at Chili’s. Each student had to order their own food and pay for lunch and dessert with the debit card. Prior to their visit, each student learned how to get into their online account to find out how much money they had left in their account. This would allow them to know what their budget was for lunch and dessert.

After everyone finished dessert, gifts were handed out. Students had fun finding out who their Secret Elf was and the special gifts they had received. HDS Foundation also prepared a special gift for each student for the holidays. Everyone left with smiles and a handful of goodies.

We wish all our B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students, teachers and parents a wonderful holiday season. We are looking forward to seeing all the great things the students learn in 2022!