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Giving Tree Program Supports Local Families

Dec 22nd, 2017 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

December 22, 2017- To help brighten the holidays for families in need, the Bear Creek School recently held its annual Holiday Giving Tree program. As part of this annual tradition, the school’s faculty, staff and students as well as community members purchased suggested gifts for families who could use the help this season of giving. From the Giving Tree initiative, over 100 students received gifts to help make their holiday season brighter.

Coupled with the school’s Giving Tree, a food collection was also held before the holiday break gathering 1,150 items this year. The food collection will benefit 45 local families in need, each receiving a food box with a coupon for a free turkey. Prior to the holiday break, Bear Creek School students joined the school counselors to assemble the gifts and food items for distribution. One of the District’s goals is to foster a sense of altruism. Participation in altruistic activities empowers students to give back to their community and build the foundations to become productive, adult citizens.

The programs were coordinated by Bear Creek’s school’s counseling office (Tamara Miller and Dann Poukish) with assistance from the school’s STARS program.

According to Dr. Annette Spagnolo, school principal, the spirit of giving is alive and well at Bear Creek.

“Each year, I am always humbled by the generosity our Bear Creek families show to one another,” said Spagnolo. “We could never do this project without the help of our PTO members, school counselors, families, teachers and community partners.

 

Photo caption: Bear Creek School counselor Tammy Miller is accompanied by members of the school’s STARS program to assemble gift bags for distribution to families in need.

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