Race Brook School families from Orange once again sponsored children this year during the Student Council’s annual collection of gifts for the Connecticut Education Association’s Holiday Bear Project. Many Race Brook School families now include the gift drive as part of their annual holiday tradition. The goal of the program is to collect donated gifts for less fortunate children in Connecticut’s public schools. Orange families chose paper candles from the school’s front bulletin board. Each of the 150 candles 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. The gift drive was organized by the Student Council under the direction of teachers JoAnne Escandon, Pam Galatioto, and Janet Greenspan. The students pictured with the gifts are members of the Student Council Gift Drive Committee. “I wanted to be a part of helping others. It feels good to help children that need toys, clothes, shoes, and boots,” says third grader Olivia B. The students commendably collected the gifts from all the classrooms first thing in the morning and during their recess, giving them the opportunity to show citizenship, responsibility, and good will towards others. “I imagined the children’s happy faces when they received the gifts. My mom always says it’s better to give than to get,” emphatically states Sophie C.
Left to right: Izzy C., Sophie C., Olivia B., Jenna K., Sarah G., Grace L., Lucci D., and Charlotte P.