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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Westport Students Learn Through Holiday Giving

This years holiday season provided ample opportunity for Westport students to learn about the spirit of giving.

They raised money for gifts, donated toys and food to the needy, and played Santa to dozens of youngsters who had written to the North Pole via the Bridgeport Post Office.

Westport Schools Asst. Supt. Joyce Losen provided a rundown of some of the giving activities.

At Long Lots Elementary School, students and the PTA raised $13,000 to buy presents for more than 100 adults and children in 29 families. The gifts were wrapped and distributed through the Westport Department of Human Services.

At Kings Highway Elementary School, the schoolҒs outreach program, CheetahӒs Care, raised and donated $3,000 to Positive Youth Development for the purchase of gifts for designated families.

This activity was tied to the school-wide reading of ԓThe Quilt Makers GiftҔ a tale that confirms that the giver is equally or more abundantly blessed than the receiver.

At Coleytown Elementary School, students and staff brought in hundreds of toys that were distributed to children through the Interfaith Housing Authority.

The school community at Greens Farms Elementary School responded to a Food Drive call.  Their gifts were distributed by a local group in time for holiday meals.

At Saugatuck Elementary School, kids and parents provided gifts to fulfill wish lists from needy families, and students also gave their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to the ғGiving Tree.

The two middle schools and Staples were active in various outreach projects. 

Seventh and eighth grade students at Bedford Middle Schol worked in the ԑTis the Season project which fulfilled family wish lists. Eighth graders brought gifts and seventh graders raised money for the project. 

Sixth graders bought toys for children at the Longfellow School in Bridgeport and were personally thanked by a Longfellow staff member today before school was dismissed.

At Coleytown Middle School, students undertook a toy drive that benefited many organizations, among them The Childrens Aid Society, the Yale-New Haven ChildrenҒs Hospital, Westport’s Bacharach Center, the Make a Wish Foundation, and the Hole in the Wall Gang organization. 

Students also sold candy canes to raise money for an organization to be announced in January.

At Staples High School, one drive filled the Dear SantaӔ wishes of 120 children that had been passed on by the Bridgeport Post Office.  Among the bundles of toys donated by students and staff members were bicycles, tricycles and other large items. 

The Staples PTA sponsored a food collection and gift certificate drive, donating all items to the Westport Department of Human Resources.

Another group at Staples busy helping others is the Youth Ending Hunger Club which is currently sponsoring a Baby DriveӔ that ends Jan. 23. 

The students are collecting new and gently used baby items and clothing as well as non-perishable baby food.

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