C-V gift tags

C-V gift tags can be purchased in Wilson at Basecamp and Aspens Market.

You might already have purchased Christmas gifts, but if you’re among the roughly 25% of people who wait until the very last to wrap your presents, you may be in the market for some gift tags.

If so, you have a couple of days left to buy gift tags designed and made by students from C-V Ranch. The proceeds from the annual holiday craft go toward philanthropy. For the past seven years, students have gone through a rigorous selection process to choose the nonprofit that will receive the funds, and this year Dog Is My CoPilot is the winner.

KayLee, a high school student at C-V Ranch, chose the organization. Teacher Jay Tomich asked the News&Guide to use only her first name.

“The main reason I chose it is because I love dogs,” KayLee said. “They fly out to different places and take dogs from kill shelters to no-kill shelters. I think it’s amazing.”

C-V Ranch is a residential school and treatment facility for students on individualized education plans from around the state. The students require a higher level of care to manage their emotions and behavior than can be provided in their home school districts.

The school provides students with academic, vocational and psychological services with the goal of returning them to their homes and schools with the skills necessary to be healthy, productive citizens. Creating the gift tags fits into that educational model, as it encourages community involvement and builds students’ skills.

“This was a joint project between the language arts, social studies and arts classes,” Tomich said.

Making the gift tags isn’t simply an art project. Students each picked an area nonprofit, researched it and presented to their peers on why their nonprofit should be chosen. They graded each presentation on a Likert scale, which employs a series of questions and scores them along a range with a rubric.

For the second year in a row, KayLee’s presentation won, and a theme has emerged in her choices. Last year she chose the Animal Adoption Center, where she has volunteered in the past.

If you’re already persuaded to purchase the gift tags, head on down to Basecamp or Aspens Market in Wilson to buy them, but hurry, they’re available only until Friday. The tags cost $1.50 apiece, or $5 for four. For those who need a bit more convincing and may want to know what they look like, each one is a bit of surprise.

Students channeled their inner Jackson Pollock or Lee Krasner in making the tags.

“You have card stock, and you take acrylic paint and pour it on there,” KayLee said. “Then you pick up the card stock and rotate it. Some of us drew in it with Popsicle sticks; some of us did drops.”

Each of the abstract gift tags is unique, and sure to stand out in a pile of presents at the base of your Christmas tree. And by buying one you can help the school achieve one of its goals, too.

“The community is so good to us through Old Bill’s and the Elks Lodge,” Tomich said. “Our philosophy of philanthropy and volunteering is one of the ways the students can give back.” 

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Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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