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5th graders support Operation Christmas Child

Madeline Wilson, 5th grade student, wraps a box in Christmas paper before it is packed with gifts for children around the world.

The fifth graders from Mrs. Kristen Avant’s class, Mrs. Michelle Johnson’s class, Mrs. Danyah Hill’s class, and Mr. Jordan Faulk’s class took on the challenge of supporting “Operation Christmas Child” for Samaritan’s Purse. The grade level teachers wanted to teach an important lesson that it is “better to give than to receive”. The grade level decided that they would sell candy at Fall Festival and a recent PTO night to raise the $7 donation fee per box that Samaritan’s Purse asks for. This money is used for shipping and other needs.
 

The group started out by turning in shoe boxes and wrapping paper. Some students collected more than one box. The items to stuff the boxes were donated by the generous parents of the fifth grade students. Items that were collected were various toys, school supplies, hygiene items, candy, socks, and hair clips. The students then included a letter in hopes that their response would be returned so they can see what country their donation landed in. The fifth graders are hopeful that they will be able to learn about a child in another country. They were able to decide if they wanted to support a boy or a girl in the age range of 10-14 years old.
 

At Fall Festival the fifth graders worked hard to sell candy bars. They traveled the halls to convince patrons to donate to a great cause. In the end, they raised $230. PTO night added another $75. With this money and donations of items, the fifth grade was able to fill 41 boxes. The boxes were wrapped and filled the week of November 15. The boxes were dropped off at the Jesse Helms Center where they will be transported to Samaritan’s Purse in Charlotte. Many of the students and families participate in this activity at church so they were familiar with the program. That made it even more special!
 

Not only did character education spark the idea for this activity, but Unit 2 in the Social Studies book. The unit discussed immigration and the foundation of our country. The students then interviewed their families to find the root of their family tree. The fifth grade went on to research the country of their culture. The information was presented on a “Quilt Piece” that displayed interesting facts from their research. As a whole, the students learned a great deal of where we derived from, as well as a wealth of information on countries around the world.
 

The purpose of including letters in the shoe boxes was to learn more about remote areas in the world. The students asked, “What is a typical day like for you?” and “What is school like where you live?” It will be interesting to hear feedback from these letters and it will be a wonderful learning experience for our children.
 

Overall, the students took on this challenge and were excited to do it! They were very willing to help give others a great Christmas. We want to thank our wonderful parents for their support with this project, as well as donations and helping monitor the students while they sold candy. Our hope is that the lesson of giving will stay with our fifth graders and all children as they grow to be independent in our society.]
 

 

        

 

Written by: Kristen Avant, 5th grade teacher
Posted: Dec 13, 2010 by Jennifer Williams

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