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Maugansville Elementary students think inside the box

March 13, 2006

Maugansville Elementary School recently completed a joint school, family and community partnership to help seriously ill children.

The project involved filling more than 80 plastic boxes with toys, games, crayons and other items. The boxes were delivered to Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital by students and parents from the local school.

Each classroom designated parent volunteers and students to coordinate the project, which was chaired by Principal Deborah Favinger and guidance counselor Karen King.

The Jared Box Project began in 2000 through the efforts of students from Our Lady of Victory School in State College, Pa., to honor their classmate, Jared, who had cancer.

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According to a press release from Maugansville Elementary School, Jared could not imagine going to the Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., for treatment without his toys. Jared lost his battle with cancer on Nov. 12, 2000.

The students and parents of Maugansville Elementary School wanted to bring moments of joy to other patients with the boxes of toys.

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