Birchwood and Project Hope Get Together to Help the Community

Bags were all created with tremendous care.
Bags were all created with tremendous care.
After our creative third-graders were done with their bags, Assistant Principal Annie Michaelian spoke to them about the importance of giving back.
After our creative third-graders were done with their bags, Assistant Principal Annie Michaelian spoke to them about the importance of giving back.
One by one each cookie found their way on the baking sheet.
One by one each cookie found their way on the baking sheet.
Cookie dough expertly measured by each 4th grader.
Cookie dough expertly measured by each 4th grader.
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Sandwiches and baked cookies are ready to be added to the lunch bag.
Sandwiches and baked cookies are ready to be added to the lunch bag.
These fifth-graders will take their Project Hope tradition to Silas Wood next year, where there will be plenty of community service programs to get involved in.
These fifth-graders will take their Project Hope tradition to Silas Wood next year, where there will be plenty of community service programs to get involved in.
A tray of lasagna, expertly prepared with TLC by Birchwood’s finest, is ready for baking.
A tray of lasagna, expertly prepared with TLC by Birchwood’s finest, is ready for baking.
A wonderfully nutritious salad rounds out a hearty menu for a holiday meal.
A wonderfully nutritious salad rounds out a hearty menu for a holiday meal.

In the spirit of giving, Birchwood students had the opportunity to participate in a community service activity just before our winter recess and help out the less fortunate in our community. Third-grade students decorated paper bags with positive and cheerful holiday messages and pictures. Fourth-grade students worked in the cafeteria to bake cookies. Using pre-made tubs of cookie dough, students sat at cafeteria tables and scooped the dough onto a tray in a variety of sizes, and then staff members baked them. The fifth-grade students made sandwiches. They worked in an assembly line to place cold cuts on pieces of bread and then wrapped the sandwiches. They also packed the sandwiches, with the freshly baked cookies from the fourth graders into the bags created by the third graders. This wonderful activity helped emphasize the importance of giving to the less fortunate during the holiday season.

In the heart all the student activity, the kitchens at Birchwood had a visit from Old Saint Nick himself. Santa and his staff (as repeated from last seasons verse below), managed to slip in an afternoon of their own good will. Seems that for years Santa and his elves have been annually preparing and baking a special dinner and dessert so that needy people in our community may have a better holiday season.

So with the children all nestled, snug in their bus,

Birchwood’s finest headed to the cafeteria, never making a fuss;

He was dressed in Ciccarelli, from his head to his toes,

And he’s always impeccable, every one of his clothes;

A bundle of pasta he had placed on the table,

Lasagna for all, he called to the able.

They sprang to their stations, these givers of cheer,

And away they all flew creating dinners before the New Year;

But I heard him exclaim, as I drove off to edit,

Not a word about me; it’s my elves who deserve all the credit!

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”