Local residents show their generosity with Giving Tree
LAUREL — Many are preparing for the holiday season, making a list of all the things to be done, the presents to buy and wrap, the Christmas letter to be written.
In addition to the many things to do to prepare for the holiday season, many people actively donate this time of the year. One way to donate locally is through what is known as the “Giving Tree,” located in the activity area of the Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Elementary School. Instead of the traditional ornaments on the tree, the tree is adorned with paper ornaments that lists a need of a child in our community. Gift ideas are submitted by parents and all parent and children names are kept confidential.
The tradition began over 20 years ago when elementary faculty and staff members started setting up the “Giving Tree” each holiday season. Elementary teachers and staff saw a need in our community. They also thought this would be an excellent opportunity for other students to learn the benefit of giving. Those wishing to purchase a gift may come to the elementary activity area to select an ornament, purchase the gift and return it to the elementary area wrapped and with tag attached by December 17. Those taking tags off the tree are asked to sign a sheet by the tree letting staff know which tag they took. If an organization or person prefers, a monetary donation can be made to the school to be used towards the “Giving Tree.”
For further information please contact the elementary office at (402) 256-3730.