Newtown Middle School's Team Phoenix collected personal care items for residents at a local nursing home, which is part of the Southampton Estates facility. Students assembled 60 care packages including soap, shampoo, tissues, toothpaste and even a few goodies to deliver to each senior resident. Then, on Thursday, Dec. 8, a group of 30 student volunteers and five staff members from the school went to the facility to distribute the packages.
During their visit, students spent time talking with residents about holiday memories and traditions. Teacher Lynn Ely said that this has been a worthwhile endeavor for the students, who were eager to bring some holiday cheer to the elderly. In addition to the personal care packages, Team Phoenix donated extra items to a local homeless shelter. Ely said that the response from the students and parents was wonderful and the donations were generous, enabling them to help two organizations from their efforts.
Newtown Middle School Guidance Counselor Ann Naragon said she has been working with a group of eighth grade girls to send a live Christmas tree to soldiers stationed at a base in Kabol, Afghanistan
Naragon said she wanted to help spread the yuletide spirit to those who give selflessly to our country. Along with the tree, the girls sent a package containing handmade patriotic tree ornaments, lights, candy canes, cookies and holiday thank you cards. The base should receive the package and tree this week. Dr. Naragon said that the girls were really excited about the service project, which gave them a greater appreciation for the holiday spirit and the meaning of giving.
Council Rock music teachers are preparing to present a faculty recital on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Rock High School North auditorium. The concert will feature the faculty choir, orchestra and jazz bands. The suggested donation to attend the concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
The proceeds from the concert will go towards the annual music teacher scholarships that are awarded to a senior from each high school who is majoring in music. Tickets will be available at the door or from any music teacher in the district.
Students and families from Sol Feinstone Elementary School raised more than $900 for Neighborhood Outreach during their annual Fouls for Feinstone Fundraiser. Students donated a dollar to see how many baskets they could make in one minute. Principal Jon Harlan said the children had fun and all the money went to local families who need assistance throughout the holiday season. Neighborhood Outreach is a nonprofit organization that offers financial support and assistance to members of the Council Rock community.
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