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Students Gather Letters To Santa For Make-A-Wish Foundation

For a second year in their partnership with former Kerrville-Tivy High School student Zackary Reyna, 19, to collect letters to Santa for Macy’s Believe Campaign, the TLU National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) presented 1,093 letters they gathered to support Make-A-Wish® Foundation.

For every letter received, Macy's matches $1, and that amount was doubled

during their annual "Believe Day" on Dec. 6, 2019. This year, Reyna was able to collect 174,417 letters raising a total of $348,834.

After being diagnosed with an inoperable brain aneurysm in 2007 and given only one year to live, Reyna was granted his wish of riding every ride at Disney World in 2010. Since then, he has been paying it forward and raising money for kids with critical illnesses.

Former NSLS President and alumna Katie Gatto ’19 first heard about Reyna's inspirational story from a family friend and led the 2018 efforts to help meet his goal of gathering more than 54,000 letters. Last year, Reyna received 104,069 letters and raised $209,158, bringing his total raised to more than half a million dollars.

Pictured Above L to R: NSLS Member Raelene Jauregui and President Taylor Sands present letters to Kerrville ISD teacher Dana Grona (mother of TLU student Kyle Grona) for delivery.

Pictured Right: Zackary Reyna at Macy's Believe Day 2019.

More About the NSLS

The NSLS is the nation's largest leadership honor society. Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. With 748 chapters, the NSLS currently has more than 1.1 million members nationwide.

In addition to honorable distinction, the NSLS provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online. Upon completion of the program, members receive their leadership certificate and take their place among the top student leaders at their campus and across the country.

Membership provides access to benefits including scholarships and awards, exclusive on-campus events, employer recruitment through an online job bank, and discounts on computers, textbooks, grad school prep courses, insurance and much more.

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