Shop ’til they drop

Cheerleaders will be babysitting kids while their parents have a chance to shop for holiday presents


Carter Bryant

The high school cheer team babysit children while their parents shop for christmas presents.

Hannah D'Iorio, Staff Reporter

The checklist is growing by the minute. Toys, clothes, shoes, and kitchen utilities. The holidays are just around the corner, and parents shopping for presents is what comes with it. But what to do with the children?

On Dec. 9, cheerleaders and cheer coach, Shelly Wiggins, will be holding a Cheer Shop-n-Drop. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. parents can drop off their children at the Aux Gym and pay for them to be babysat by cheerleaders while the parents go holiday shopping. The children will get to play board games, play on bounce houses, and watch holiday movies with the cheerleaders for as long as the parents need.

This is the first year for the Cheer Shop-n-Drop, and it was created by Wiggins. The purpose of this Cheer Shop-n-Drop is for cheerleaders to raise money for UIL cheerleading travels while giving parents an opportunity to get holiday shopping done.

“I have kids myself, and when I want to go Christmas shopping, I always need someone to watch my kids,” Wiggins said. “I thought this would be a good idea to do around Christmas time.”

The cheerleaders have been spending parts of class time to think of more ways to make this a good, fun experience for the kids.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to be with the kids and have a Christmas theme, because I love Christmas and babysitting,” varsity cheer captain Emilee Gant said. “I just want the kids to have a fun experience and for them to get excited about Christmas.”  

Parents can RSVP to [email protected], but they will accept walk-ins too. It is $25 per child, but if parents drop off siblings, it is $15 for the second and third child.