Generous and compassionate Race Brook School families from Orange sponsored children once again this year during the Student Council’s annual collection of gifts for the Connecticut Education Association’s Holiday Bear Project. The goal of the State program is to collect donated gifts for less fortunate children in Connecticut’s public schools. Families chose paper candles from one of the school’s bulletin’s boards. Each candle had a child’s first name, age, and gift wish on it. The sponsoring families bought and wrapped the gifts for the children, hoping that their gifts would bring smiles to children’s faces. Many Race Brook School families now include the gift drive as part of their annual holiday tradition, looking for the perfect gift for those in need. The gift drive was organized by the Student Council under the direction of teachers JoAnne Escandon, Pam Galatioto, and Janet Greenspan. The teachers appear in the photo with members of the Student Council. The students pictured with the hundreds of gifts are members of the Student Council Gift Drive Committee. They commendably collected the gifts from all the classrooms during their recess, giving them the opportunity to show citizenship and responsibility.