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Coming Together for the Holidays

Edna Louise Spear Elementary School students with their holiday cards and care package items for U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan.
Edna Louise Spear Elementary School students with their holiday cards and care package items for U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan.

This winter, students at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School have been busy performing good deeds in time for the holiday season. 

“We have been discussing how important it is to think of others and how we can help make people feel special during the holidays,” said second-grade teacher Darlene Wells. “This is a special time of year, and we want to do what we can to make it wonderful for everyone.” 

Students throughout the school have been participating in various projects, such as making holiday cards and ornaments for residents in local nursing and veteran homes, donating Rainbow Loom bracelets and cards to children at St. Charles Hospital, and putting together care packages for U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan. The young philanthropists collected toiletries, games, CDs, DVDs and personal essentials and coupled them with cards of gratitude and cheer.

Not failing to do good within their own school, third-grade students in AmyJean Castaldo’s class lent a helping hand to Margaret Hoon’s first-graders as part of a “buddy” arts-and-crafts project. Together they created colorful, sparkling snow globe decorations. The two groups shared good spirits, songs and smiles, making for an afternoon of heartfelt teamwork.

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