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Students surprised by bedroom makeover from school

Christmas came early for Alyssa, Elisabeth and Alyna, who are students at Ridge Crest Elementary School in Blackfoot. They came home from school to find their bedrooms got a makeover.

“I was surprised,” said Alyssa.

The girls got new beds, dressers and toys. Their bathroom also got a makeover. It was clear they were thankful for everything they got.

“The toys and the bedroom,” Elisabeth said when asked what her favorite new thing was.

“The perfume and the lotion,” Alyssa said.

The room makeovers are all thanks to Ridge Crest Elementary School. This is the fourth year they’ve done a makeover for their students. The school got a new principal this year, but he knew he needed to carry on the tradition and help his students.

“Kind of focus on what other needs our students have at school outside of all the academics and activities and everything they do,” said Doug Bitter, principal at Ridge Crest. “And think about what are they dealing with at home and what are things going to be like for them during the holidays.”

The family is thankful for everything done for them this Christmas season.

“When we all moved in together, we have six children, and so they never have anything of their own, they always have to share everything,” said dad Angel Castilleja. “They had to share twin beds. So now it was really exciting for them. They’re very happy to have their own beds and toys.”

The school’s Parent-Teacher Association also donated food and goodies for the whole family. Many of the new things were donated or bought by the PTA, school staff, local businesses and through funds that raise money for this project every year.

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