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Friday, November 28, 2008

Carlisle School children help others with Holiday Gift Drive


First graders show off some of the gifts they collected during their Holiday Gift Drive. (Photo by Cynthia Sorn)

This holiday season is going to be brighter for 30 Massachusetts children, thanks to the generosity of Carlisle students, parents and teachers. The school participated in Holiday Cheer Project, an annual event organized by Voices Against Violence in Framingham. Carlisle received a wish list for specific children ages newborn to 14. “The students held class meetings to discuss how to collect items,” explained second-grade teacher Jody Kelley. “It was an opportunity for students to be aware” of the needs of other children. She said each grade was given first names of children, which helped them identify with their matches. “The kids were eager to participate,” she said. Carlisle families signed up to provide specific items on the wish lists such as DVDs, clothing,or toys. The response was so generous the school was able to sponsor twice as many children as last year. “The students’ excitement made it so successful,” said Kelley. ∆

Students from Grades 2 - 5, Student Council, and Middle School Chorus pose with donated gifts. (Photo by Cynthia Sorn)


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