NEWS Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 880 S. Lemon Avenue
December 14, 2012 Walnut, CA 91789
Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204
Helping Families in Need
WALNUT, CA—Collegewood Elementary first graders donated pajamas for children in shelters during a recent holiday pajama drive.
Eighty pairs of cozy pjs were collected during the holiday drive held December 1-12. Teacher Melani Garrett coordinated the event.
The Scholastic Book Club donated books so that each child could have a new book along with new jammies for Christmas, explained teacher Liz Dickerson.
“This fundraiser was held in conjunction with the Week of Giving sponsored by our Community Club. We wanted our children to understand that the true blessing of Christmas is in the giving, not the receiving,” added teacher Laura O’Donnell.
The Collegewood Elementary Week of Giving also included:
Kindergarten- donated shoes or money for “Soles for Souls”; Second Grade – “Read to Feed”, Heifer International; Third Grade - food collection, Shepherd’s Pantry; Fourth Grade - donated basic need items for homeless “Winter Shelter Program”; Fifth Grade – donated coins for homeless “Winter Shelter Program.”
On December 13, Collegewood Elementary first graders gathered in the multipurpose room to show all the pajamas donated for needy children.