Laughter, holiday music and cheer filled the gymnasium of Burnett Creek Elementary School, as dozens of elves worked to make gifts for others in need. Instead of holding a winter party, fifth-grade students held a Day of Giving. The activities included making blankets and scarves for Lafayette Urban Ministry and Matrix Center for Women.
"Students demonstrated kindness and gratitude today and worked as teams to accomplish tasks at hand. We were impressed by how quickly they picked up the directions for each task and got to work," says teacher Tiffani Petti. "Students produced a total of 30 dog blankets, over 100 tug toys for dogs, 22 large no-sew blankets, 21 child size no-sew blankets, more than 50 no-sew hats and 70 no-sew scarves. Students also made about 200 holiday cards to be delivered to The Friendship House in West Lafayette."
The school will deliver the dog blankets and toys to the Almost Home Humane Society. Pettit says JoAnn's Fabrics and parent donations provided the needed materials.
Fifth-grade student Korbyn Tyson enjoyed the event. "I didn't mind giving up our winter party to do something for other people. I actually liked it more than the party."
"I really loved today because I was able to give and receive," says classmate Cecilia Pearl. "I gave things to people in need and I got to have fun while doing it!"