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Students donate time to make toys for tots

December 15, 1999

Christmas Angels: Day 9

Students donate time to make toys for tots

Editor's note: For these 12 days before Christmas we will be recognizing individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others. This is the fourth in a series.

Making toysBy DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg

photo: DON AINES




CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Six Faust Junior High School students were painting and assembling wooden toys on a recent Monday, getting them ready to deliver to area children for Christmas.

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"I'm out of feet," ninth-grader Kristen Tassone told Technology Education teacher Brian Offutt and she worked on wooden ducks.

She's one of 11 students from the school's gifted program who donated time to make toys for the Chambersburg Toy Mission.

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At another shop table, several students from the school's Leo Club were putting together 25 wooden grasshoppers. The ducks with their flapping rubber feet on wheels and the grasshoppers are push-and-pull toys that will keep 2- and 3-year-olds busy for months to come.

"It's all extracurricular. These students have stayed after school several times to work on them," said Offutt.

For the past three years Offutt and students from the gifted program have been using activity periods and time after school to make toys for the mission, which delivers gifts to hundreds of children in Franklin County every year.

This is the first year for the Leos, a junior version of the Lions Club, he said.

Offutt said he had been involved in the Toys for Tots program in college and "wanted to give the kids an opportunity to give back to the community."

"The children will appreciate it Christmas Day to know someone cares," Eighth-grader Thu Tran said as she painted wheels for the ducks.

"It's for people who need more than we do," said Lindsay Straley, a ninth-grader and a Leo.

Offutt said the student council contributed funds for the supplies to make the toys and art class students chipped in by painting the faces on the 50 duck toys.

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