Ele­men­tary stu­dents sup­port toy drive

Stu­dents helped draw and paint hol­i­day scenes on do­na­tion boxes

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Stu­dents from WCASD ele­men­tary schools helped dec­o­rate do­na­tion boxes for a com­mu­nity toy drive.

If you stop in at a WSFS Bank in Ch­ester or Delaware county, chances are you will see West Ch­ester Area School Dis­trict (WCASD) stu­dent art­work on dis­play. And those stu­dent artists hope that when you see their art­work, you will be hold­ing toys.

The stu­dent art­work ex­ists in the form of dec­o­rated boxes, and those boxes were placed at WSFS Banks to hold do­na­tions made to the Greater West Ch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce’s (GWCCC) an­nual hol­i­day toy drive.

Stu­dents from all 10 WCASD ele­men­tary schools helped draw and paint hol­i­day themes and scenes onto the toy do­na­tion boxes – a pro­gram that is now in its fifth year be­tween the dis­trict and the GWCCC. “WCASD teach­ers and their stu­dents look for­ward to this op­por­tu­nity each and ev­ery year,” said David Ehrhart, the dis­trict’s su­per­vi­sor of fine arts, world lan­guages, and ca­reer ed­u­ca­tion. “I’ve never seen such a fine dis­play of crafts­man­ship and cre­ativ­ity.”

Cham­ber elves picked up the dec­o­rated boxes from the ele­men­tary schools and dropped them off at twelve WSFS Bank branches lo­cated from Devon to Downingtown. An ad­di­tional do­na­tion box is also lo­cated in the lobby of the GWCCC’s of­fice.

“We’re al­ways so pleased to de­liver these beau­ti­ful boxes to WSFS Banks,” said Dave Fair­man, the di­rec­tor of mem­ber­ship for the GWCCC. “We hope this col­lab­o­ra­tion gives the stu­dents a sense of com­mu­nity and civic pride. The con­tri­bu­tion of their fine art­work to this project will ul­ti­mately lead to spread­ing some hol­i­day joy to chil­dren who are less for­tu­nate.”

New, un­wrapped items for chil­dren up to age 12 can be placed in the do­na­tion boxes at WSFS Banks now through Satur­day, De­cem­ber 3. For a com­plete list­ing of box lo­ca­tions and for more in­for­ma­tion on the types of do­na­tions most ap­pre­ci­ated, please visit the GWCCC’s web­site: GreaterWestCh­ester.com.

The gifts that are col­lected will be pre­sented to three lo­cal com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions; the Care Cen­ter Foun­da­tion, the Charles A. Mel­ton Arts & Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter, and the Friends As­so­ci­a­tion for the Care & Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren.

“The Greater West Ch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce is thrilled to have the sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion that comes from our out­stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with the West Ch­ester Area School Dis­trict,” said Mark Yoder, pres­i­dent of the GWCCC. “Su­per­in­ten­dent Jim Scan­lon is a fine leader and ad­vo­cate, and David Ehrhart is an ac­tively en­gaged mem­ber of the cham­ber’s board of direc­tors.

We value the op­por­tu­nity to work to­gether to help make the hol­i­day sea­son a lit­tle brighter for mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.”

New, un­wrapped items for chil­dren up to age 12 can be placed in the do­na­tion boxes at WSFS Banks now through Satur­day, De­cem­ber 3. For a com­plete list­ing of box lo­ca­tions and for more in­for­ma­tion on the types of do­na­tions most ap­pre­ci­ated, please visit the GWCCC’s web­site: GreaterWestCh­ester.com.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ele­men­tary stu­dents in the West Ch­ester Area School Dis­trict helped draw and paint hol­i­day themes and scenes onto toy do­na­tion boxes for the Greater West Ch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce’s an­nual hol­i­day toy drive

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

New, un­wrapped items for chil­dren up to age 12 can be placed in the do­na­tion boxes, which were dec­o­rated by West Ch­ester Area School Dis­trict ele­men­tary stu­dents, at WSFS Banks now through Satur­day, De­cem­ber 3.

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