Race Brook School families generously sponsored children once again this year during the Student Council’s annual collection of gifts for the Holiday Bear Project. The goal of the State program is to collect donated gifts for less fortunate children in Connecticut’s public schools.“I was glad to help bring gifts to those children that need them,” says Student Council volunteer Ryan O. with a sincere smile.
Race Brook families chose paper candles from the school’s front bulletin boards. Each candle had a child’s first name, age, and gift wish on it. The sponsoring families bought and wrapped a total of one hundred sixty-two gifts for twenty-seven children, hoping the gifts would bring smiles to brighten the children’s faces and spread holiday cheer and good will. “It felt good to help others who do not have as much,” thoughtfully comments fifth grader Sophie C.
The gift drive was organized by the Student Council under the direction of third grade teacher, Janet Greenspan with the support of principal, Mike Gray, and the assistance of Jane Gallagher and Fran Onofrio in the school office.
The photo shows Student Council volunteers who happily volunteered their time and energy to collect the gifts. Front row left to right: Olivia H., Lyla Z., Valentina C., Brady W., Xavier J., Brennan W., Jacob Y. Back row: Nate R., Riannie D, Jessica E., Telmo I., Arjun N., Ryan O., Yassin A., Olivia B., Sophie C.
Submitted by Valerie Anton, Fourth Grade Teacher & Student Council Public Relations Coordinator – Race Brook School, Orange, CT