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I posted this on the Teachers board, and I wanted to share it with my friends here also...because I think it's worth sharing. People are always talking about the problems with kids these days, so it's important to tell about the good things kids do too. :-)

Last week, my eighth graders decided that they'd like to do something for those less fortunate, and we decided that adopting a family for the holidays would be just the ticket.

I contacted our local center in the school district which deals with helping those in need, and they provided us with a family--known to us only as "family #12". The family consists of a mother and 3 children.

The form we were provided with listed the sizes of shirts, pants, and shoes for each family member, as well as "a special needs" item for each one. My students were very moved when they heard that the special needs items included such things as underwear, and socks, as well as a coat for one of the children.

My students were adament that we should get all of the suggested items including the special needs items, plus some toys for all of the children in the family. Additionally, they said they wanted to provide food as well.

And so, we were off on our mission.

I've never seen students so dedicated to a cause, and I admit that I'm amazed at how unselfish and giving they've shown themselves to be. It's important to note that I don't teach in a wealthy area--just the opposite. Many of the kids I teach come from needy families themselves, and the district is known as a lower income area.

This project is a team effort between my 5 English classes, and here's what these great kids did...

Each child donated what they could, a few dollars apiece, though some donated as much as $10 (many donated more at the request of their parents). Some who weren't in a position to contribute money were able to contribute in other ways like by bringing in a new toy they had a home (we currently have 2 toys for each child in the family, so we won't need to use any of the money for this), or helping to collect during lunch periods. Still others signed up to do the shopping, and/or wrapping.

Also, each student is bringing in 1 or 2 non-perishable food items which will fill several cartons and provide a wealth of food for our "family".

Here's the outcome.

These students managed to raise a grand total that has topped $400! This means that each family member will get new pants, a new shirt, new shoes, as well as the special needs item listed. On top of that, this family will get cartons of food AND a gift certificate for $150 for a local supermarket!

My students are SO proud of what they've accomplished, but they've made it clear that the best part of doing this is knowing that they're helping others.

And I've made it clear as to how proud of them I am! :-)

Tony
...but I still am...

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Tony that is awesome. I'm going to post a link on the Foolish Elves board.

Odee
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What a great gift to your students as well....knowing that they can make a difference in someone's life. Bravo, Tony's class!!
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Absolutely terrific. Thanks for sharing!

Prof
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Tony,

That is awesome! Just about the time I get ready to write off the new generation something like this reminds me that what the media reports isn't the whole story.

Bob
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Tony,

You had me in tears! You've got a great bunch of kids.

Hey Raggs, how many rec's have I built up on Raggmopp's Rec-O-Rama. I'd like to put them ALL towards Tony's post. He posted this in a couple of other places.

Utahtea

....and I am
Her Royal Majesty the Queen of the Isle of Revenge




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Hey Raggs, how many rec's have I built up on Raggmopp's Rec-O-Rama.
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You know the rule, you get a 10% dividend for Recs placed in the Rec-O-Rama.
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You know the rule, you get a 10% dividend for Recs placed in the Rec-O-Rama.

How does thoes this whole thing work again?

Utahtea

....and I am
Her Royal Majesty the Queen of the Isle of Revenge


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Tony,

That is awesome! Just about the time I get ready to write off the new generation something like this reminds me that what the media reports isn't the whole story.


Thanks, Bob! That's exactly what the point was, and it's a wonderful thing to realize that there really are terrific kids out there.

We ended up with a grand total of $450, and it was a booming success. Can you believe they did all this in only a week's time?!

Tony
...but I still am...

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Tony,

Your kids are wonderful. Something about hearing that a class full of 8th graders, who you would normally expect to be more concerned about themselves, giving so freely, gives me great faith in the world.

On a side note, I was extremely happy that this year my department decided to adopt three families rather than the usual, that we have done for the past few years.

Donna
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On a side note, I was extremely happy that this year my department decided to adopt three families rather than the usual, that we have done for the past few years.

Diana, that's wonderful! Your department is seeing to it that families will be having a holiday that they wouldn't have been able to enjoy!

I think this is what this time of year is really all about.

Tony
...but I still am...

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And I've made it clear as to how proud of them I am! :-)

Tony


Awesome Tony; just like their teacher is.
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These students managed to raise a grand total that has topped $400! This means that each family member will get new pants, a new shirt, new shoes, as well as the special needs item listed. On top of that, this family will get cartons of food AND a gift certificate for $150 for a local supermarket!

My students are SO proud of what they've accomplished, but they've made it clear that the best part of doing this is knowing that they're helping others.

And I've made it clear as to how proud of them I am! :-)

Tony
...but I still am...

Off2Aruba


As you should be! That is wonderful Tony.

Deannda
Sounds like you got a great bunch this year
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