Fountaindale second-graders show their giving spirit

December 17, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Fountaindale Elementary School second-graders Morgan Witmer, left, and Rachel Boschen, standing at center, organize more than 600 gifts around the school's giving tree Monday afternoon. The gifts will be given to Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused, or CASA.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — For the third straight year, second-grade classes at Fountaindale Elementary School created a giving tree, this year to benefit Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused, or CASA, an organization assisting battered and homeless women and their children.

The students began the fundraiser last week with a goal of 300 donations, but as of 1:30 p.m. Monday, they had surpassed 620 donations, according Fountaindale Elementary second-grade teacher Ginny Kay Durham.

“The children decided that collecting items to help people in Hagerstown stay warm this winter, find toys and new books for babies and children, and to collect hygiene items were three problems that they wanted to solve,” Durham said. “They found that CASA was an agency that had families there that had all these problems.”

Through the giving tree program, organized by the school’s three second-grade teachers, Durham, Jenny Brooks and Erin Orth, the students take donations from parents, teachers and other students in the school to give to an organization. The donations are placed on and under a Christmas tree in the school.

Hagerstown resident Morgan Witmer, 8, a second-grade student in Durham’s class, said everybody in the school can participate.

“We’re helping little kids and moms who need these things,” she said.

Ty’quan Lloyd, 8, of Hagerstown, is a student in Orth’s class and said the project helps him recognize that people are in need.

“There are some people that don’t have many things,” he said. “I want them to have as much stuff as we have.”

Durham said she will take the gifts to CASA on Friday.

Hagerstown resident Sophia Williams, 7, a student in Brooks’ class, said, “It’s very important to me that we’re helping people.”

Travon Allen, 8, a student in Durham’s class from Hagerstown, added that “If people need something, you should give.”

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