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Woodholme Kindergarten students create a ‘giving tree door’

12/06/2016

Woodholme Kindergarten students create a ‘giving tree door’

When Woodholme Elementary School announced a door decorating contest to kick off its annual schoolwide Read-A-Thon, Kindergarten teacher Glenda Weikel thought of a way to create even more than a pretty door.

With the approval of Principal Teresa Young, who deemed it a “lovely idea,” Weikel worked with her students to decorate her classroom door as a tribute to the famous children’s book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, and she invited students and their families to donate hats, mittens, and scarves to be displayed on the tree and then donated to a local shelter.

“It fits in with the time of year, as we approach winter/holiday break,” Weikel said. “I also think it's a great way for the kids to see that while they are benefiting from the Read-A-Thon by earning prizes, we also are giving back.”

When the hat/scarf/mitten collection ends on Friday, Dec. 9, Weikel’s students will practice their math skills by counting and sorting the donations before they are sent to a shelter.

Meanwhile, the school’s Read-A-Thon, which began on Monday, Dec. 5, continues through Friday, Dec. 16. The Read-A-Thon raises money for classroom reading materials.  

Story submitted by Lisa Greenberg, school counselor, Woodholme Elementary School. Photo courtesy of the school.

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