As our students return to school from Christmas break, I want to take this opportunity to thank the many organizations and individuals who provided gifts and goods to our families for the holidays.
The week before break we distributed gifts from the Warren community including over 70 pairs of shoes and boots from our friends at the Eagles Club. Also, 32 of our children attended a wonderful Christmas party sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. Santa arrived in time to pass out gifts and wish everyone a Merry Christmas! The lunch was wonderful!
Jennifer Mandeville coordinated an extensive project by pairing our children with a business or individual to share in the holiday spirit. Deb Swanson, WGH staff, Sharon Phelps and coworkers and Tim Watkins were instrumental in providing gifts. Kay Widdowson and Judy Kuzminski organized a gift giving project at Domestic Relations that included beds for a few students. An anonymous donor from North Carolina gave back to his hometown by purchasing gifts for a family as well.
Staff members at WAEC adopted families and provided Christmas for many students. Our fifth graders, with the help of Miss Beckerink, sponsored a food drive. From that we filled 14 boxes for holiday dinners. Other donors who wish to remain anonymous, purchased hams for each box or donated money for staples such as milk and bread. There was enough food leftover to ship to the Salvation Army food pantry.
I would be remiss if I didn't thank the Salvation Army, St. Joseph Church, and the First Presbyterian Church for their continued support for meals and food.
The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Warren County!
Debra L. Jannotti
WAEC Elementary Counselor