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“We wanted to start something new and fun for the students to do each year,” said Stopek.
The students get a percentage of the proceeds, while learning valuable lessons, such as community service, social interactions and money skills. The special handmade items not only make wonderful gifts for the holiday, but also go toward a meaningful cause.
Just because you are giving doesn’t mean you can’t receive something in return. Student Leadership has begun a competition to boost morale among the students. By donating to several charities, classes are granted the opportunity to receive a prize for the valiant efforts. The teachers whose pupils bring in the most items receive a free breakfast party. There are numerous organizations that the school community can choose from: Coats for Kids, a program that accepts gently used coats for all ages; Toys for Tots, a renowned charity that receives new, unwrapped toys for children; Rainbow Baby and Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a hospital in Cleveland that is accepting parent supplies for needy newborns; and the Food Pantry, a local group that requires can goods and other non-perishable food items. This healthy dose of competition does not only succeed in generating school spirit, but also achieves generosity amongst the student body.
Lakeside High School has proved that the holiday season does not have to only consist of receiving. The countless charitable events at work within the school promote an environment full of generosity and kindness. The students at Lakeside are definitely not on Santa’s naughty list this year!