Mr. Rosenau’s eighth-grade homeroom wearing their spirit colors before the walk
Miscoe Hill eighth graders raised $1,800 for the Miscoe Hill Giving Tree which helps provide presents for children of families in need this holiday season.
The eighth-grade students were sponsored by friends, family, and neighbors to walk from Miscoe to Clough and then back to Miscoe.
Originally the goal was for each student to raise one or two dollars. “No amount was too small,” said eighth-grade teacher Brendon Rosenau. “Needless to say the kids blew us away by raising over $1800.00!”
“The highlight of the walk was when we got to Clough. The entire Clough school stood outside their classrooms and cheered for the eighth grade as they walked through the school,” said Rosenau. “The Clough kids had smiles that were only surpassed by those of the eighth graders who high-fived their way through the school. It was a great experience,” he said.
“Students gave what they could, some even pulled out wallets to sponsor a classmate, or friend, or to add to the total. It was a tremendous experience to see this unfold from a group of eighth graders. The kids were able to see what a large difference they can make as a group,” Rosenau said.
Miscoe Hill Principal Ann Meyer said the Giving Tree is run through the guidance staff and provides presents to all the children for a Miscoe Hill family in need no matter the age or grade level.
Miscoe Hill is also running a “Winter Holiday Basket” program through Student Council in which homerooms or groups each take a family and provie a food basket for the holiday break. “We are providing over 25 baskets to families,” said Meyer. “It is such a great time of the year at Miscoe Hill. We have the Scholastics Pajama Drive, Coat Drive, “Be the Change”, Animal Shelter collection, the Winter Holiday Basket, and of, course the Giving Tree. We make sure that each student feels the pleasure of providing for someone else less fortunate,” she said.
Below Left Eighth: grade students Jordan Andrade, Ethan LaPlante-Dube, and Meghan Kane walking through Clough Elementary School in Mendon. Right photo: eighth-grade students on their walk
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