Schools provide help for holidays

RIVERVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL sixth-graders display gifts that their classes purchased for families served by Project Angel Hugs. — Submitted photo RIVERVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL sixth-graders display gifts that their classes purchased for families served by Project Angel Hugs. — Submitted photo Plymouth School District schools, staff, students, and families have taken time this holiday season to help others. Here are some examples of their generosity:

Horizon Elementary School

· Horizon students provided decorations and placemats for the Welcome Table Thanksgiving Dinner.

Parkview Elementary School

· First-graders in Amy Kolpin's class sent Christmas cards to two different senior citizen homes in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, whose residents had been displaced by hurricanes Maria and Irma. The class learned of the seniors' plight after former Parkview teacher Barb Thaldorf subbed for Kolpin and shared with the students that her son lives in the Virgin Islands and also been dealing with the devastation of the hurricanes. The class then learned from online resources that several senior citizen homes were asking for Christmas cards to lift residents' spirits. “We thought this would be a great thing to do, so students created and decorated their own cards to cheer up these senior citizens who have been through a lot the past three months,” Kolpin said.

· Students in 5K through second grade made Christmas cards for Rocky Knoll in conjunction with St. Vincent de Paul Adult and Youth Leadership Group.

· Sarah Lee's second-grade class made cards for Plymouth Alliance Church, a community partner of Parkview.

· Sharon Koene's and Katie Walsh's classes made Thanksgiving cards and distributed them to Parkview neighbors.

· Parkview staff had an Angel Tree for the St. Vincent de Paul's Family Wish List Program, which is designed to provide new "household" Christmas presents to families in the Plymouth area. Household items included bedding, towels, pots and pans, small household appliances, laundry soap and toilet paper.

Riverview Middle School

· Riverview Middle School conducted a food drive Nov. 13-17 and collected more than 2,200 nonperishable food items for the Plymouth Food Pantry.

· The sixth-grade homerooms of Taylor Lembrich and Rita Knoener raised funds to buy holiday gifts for Project Angel Hugs, a Plymouth organization that provides support for families of children battling cancer. The 53 students raised $180, and 11 of the students volunteered to shop with their teachers to get a variety of gifts for children of various ages. They split into groups to create a budget and find the most costeffective gifts that would be appreciated by the recipients. “It was a great lesson in giving and team work for all the students in the two homerooms, especially during this time of year,” Lembrich said. “We are so proud of our kiddos for taking the time to think of others.”

Plymouth High School

· National Honor Society conducted its annual Food Drive, collecting items for the Plymouth Food Pantry.

· Student Council adopted two district families, purchasing gifts to make their Christmas merrier.

· Members of the cross country and football teams rang bells for the Salvation Army.

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