Thursday December 17, 2015
In the season of giving, the School’s Out afterschool program at Chamberlin School looked globally to help children like themselves have a happy holiday season. The families and staff took part in the Operation Christmas Child outreach for the third consecutive year.
“When we started working with this organization three years ago we hoped the idea would be well received by our families and the students in our program would be excited to give,” said Allison Monniere School’s Out Director.
The goal that year was to donate ten shoeboxes filled with toys and hygiene items and raise the money required to ship them to children living in poverty around the world. “I was blown away by the generosity of our School’s Out community as we beat our goal by nearly double that year,” commented Monniere.
Now three years later, the goal has been set much higher at 30 filled shoeboxes and $210. Monniere felt the goal was attainable, adding, “Each year our program has increased in size and each year we have surpassed the goals we have set for our fundraising.”
Families donate whatever they can; a shoebox, a toy, a toothbrush, or a couple dollars. Some families will go out and fill an entire box. Every donation helps to reach the goal. Along the way, the older children in School’s Out help pack the shoeboxes, label them for a boy or girl and the appropriate age. “I liked that a lot of people donated to it,” Kate Guillemette said. Miranda Hayes added, “I like thinking about the kids and that they’ll get something. It’s fun!”
A group of fifth graders along with Monniere delivered the boxes Friday, November 20, to the distribution center at the Essex Alliance church. “I liked dropping it off because it made me feel happy that some kids that don’t really have anything will get something,” Ethan Little commented.
School’s Out exceeded their 2015 goal by donating 34 shoeboxes and raising $369 for Operation Christmas Child. Reid Miller summed it up by saying, “To know that kids will get something that they don’t usually get, that’s what it’s about.”
SOURCE: Allison Monniere, School’s Out, Assistant Coordinator, Site Director, Chamberlin School