This tiny community school of only 175 students could use a spirit boost for the holidays.
Some of this close-knit community have seen 4 wars... Many of the community speak English only as a second language. What we all have in common as that we're all involved with this amazing school... and it's in the lowest income part of Plymouth.
While the school receives ample help and programs to help fund things like free breakfast and lunch for all kids, free meals during the summer for families who might not get one otherwise, food drives every single week set up by the school nurse, a library program that allows every child to go home with a free book to keep and a game to borrow as well as a snack and activities, these kids deserve as much as we can give them for the holidays.
I work very closely with this elementary school as a parent to help my special needs child have the best possible education, and I run all the book fairs there--which has shown me what absolutely remarkable, open-hearted, open-minded, promising kids this school is lucky to have.
For Christmas I want to give them each something special.
I'm a consultant for a gift bag company--I want to fill 175 beautiful little totes for them that they'll love to use over and over (my kids certainly do) with:
Something to Love Something they Need Something for Fun Something to Read
I hope to personally sell enough bags themselves to cover all 175 children.
This fund is specifically for the materials I want to fill them with. Specifically a stuffed animal to love, hats and gloves that they need, a craft project and some crayons and coloring pages for fun, and a book to read.
Someone has been kind enough to offer to make hats for all the kids--yarn may be an issue.
I do believe I have enough funds through the book fair available that I can purchase a book for every child. (a percentage of what is sold goes straight to the school for books, and this is a perfect opportunity.)
The crafts I've picked out range from 50 cents to $1.50 a piece. I'll choose which one depending on how much is raised.
The crayons are cute stackable crayons, totally $105.
The stuffed animals are bulk and really cute. They'll be $207.00. And like with the crafts, if I can do better, I will, depending on the amount I raise.
Additionally, if I raise more than the minimum I need, I'll either fill them with nice coloring books rather than coloring pages, or a second craft. I'm certainly open to suggestions as well!
Thank you all for reading this, and for caring about this little school! For some of these kids, it may be the gift they always remember. I want to be a part of that, I want you all to be a part of it. Thanks again, and let me know what questions I can answer for you.