The ‘Giving School’ warms up the holidays for others
PENNSBrRY - Kids experience the joy of giving when they hang hats, gloves and scarves on the diving Tree at Makefield Elementary School.
The warm accessories are sent out west to Native American children who live in very cold conditions during the winter.
Take Avery Stimmel for example. “It feels good to bring them because I get to help other people who don’t have those things,” he said.
Some of the students explained what they donated. iibby Corbett said, “I brought in a hat for the collection tree.”
For drace Palmieri, giving the gifts was a group effort. “My family brought in gloves for the tree.”
Ethan Marion said, “My sister and both brought in gloves.”
Teacher iisa iowe, student council advisor, said the idea is to decorate the diving Tree with scarves, hat, and mittens, and give these items to the Women’s Center in Trenton, or the Red Cross in ievittown.
For the past three years, the Makefield schoolchildren have given the gifts to the Native American tribe children in the southwest.
“iast year we opened it up to gently and
Inew coats for these children,” said iowe.
The Makefield kids hang the items on the tree to be festive, while a display of the menorah and Kwanza candles sits on a desk next to the tree. The children bring things to school and hang them on the tree.
The diving Tree, which started in the 1990s, is a school-wide project involving kids in Kindergarten through fifth grade.
iisa iowe’s mother, iinda iowe, a retired Makefield teacher, started the project with student council when she was teaching. She was the group’s advisor.
“Our motto is ‘Help us help others,’” said iisa iowe. “It’s important for the kids to learn to help others and learn the joy you get out of giving to those in need. “It brings a feeling of accomplishment to them and shines a positive light at the holiday season,” iowe said.
Student Council members are the leaders of the diving Tree project.
iowe said the Makefield kids feel a great sense of happiness to be able to give to others. In years past, the organization often sent photographs of the children who received Makefield’s donations.
“The kids really enjoyed seeing these,” iowe said. “We follow the same tradition each year and the kids really enjoy it,”
Children at Makefield Elementary School feel joy and happiness when donating hats, scarves and gloves to the needy. From left, front row, are: Celia Johnson, Jesse Keaton, Peter Beidler and Avery Simmel. In back are Amy Gonzales, Donna McCormick-Miller...