Salisbury School students share the holiday spirit

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Students at The Salisbury School have taken part in their annual tradition of Give and Receive Day. Every year in December, the school sets aside a whole day to allow students in the middle and upper schools to join with the lower school to share in projects to benefit the community.

This year, students in 2nd and 7th grade traveled to the HALO project in Salisbury to help with their homeless shelter. The students made cookies and decorated and filled gift bags to be given to homeless women and children on Christmas Day.

Students also donated practical items needed at the shelter, such as paper towels and napkins.

The fourth- and ninth-grade students donated items such as toiletries, hats and gloves to give to the Joseph House in Salisbury, while first- and sixth-graders decorated and packed boxes for shipments going to military personnel overseas through Operation We Care.

To help the students understand the impact of their giving, representatives from Operation We Care came to speak to the students about their own families’ experiences of receiving packages while on military duty.

Students from third grade and 11th grade traveled to the local Head Start program to give each child the gift of a book and to spend time reading their favorite books with the pre-school age children.

“Everyone at school loves Give and Receive Day,” said Lindsey Johnson, a senior at The Salisbury School. “We get to share with the little kids in lower school and help the local community at the same time. It’s so easy at this time of year to get caught up with an ‘all about me’ attitude. These projects help remind us of others in our community who are less fortunate and show us ways we can help.”

The Salisbury School also has a year-round Community Service Learning Program for all lower and middle school students, working in conjunction with United Way on topics such as homelessness and helping the elderly.

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