Birchwood Gets Together to Help the Community

Bags were all created with tremendous care.
Bags were all created with tremendous care.
Our third-graders were able to exercise their creativity.
Our third-graders were able to exercise their creativity.
Table after table worked diligently to create that perfect message of Hope and Joy.
Table after table worked diligently to create that perfect message of Hope and Joy.
Pretty soon, the aroma of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies would fill the Birchwood building.
Pretty soon, the aroma of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies would fill the Birchwood building.
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.
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.
The pride of knowing that you are doing something good for others resonates in this young mans expression.
The pride of knowing that you are doing something good for others resonates in this young mans expression.

In the spirit of giving, Birchwood students had the opportunity to participate in a community service activity during December 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 the premade cookie tubs, students sat at cafeteria tables and scooped the cookie dough onto a tray, 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 a bottle of water and the package of cookies baked by 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.

As a side note, a week prior to all the student activity, the kitchens at Birchwood had a visit from Old Saint Nick himself. Santa and his staff 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.

Thank you all at Birchwood for your generosity.