Spreading Holiday Cheer

This past holiday season, students, faculty, and staff in the Kennett Consolidated School District came together to give back and spread cheer in the community. The following is a roundup of community-service projects held during this year’s holiday season:

Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center

Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center celebrated the holiday season by donating nonperishable items to the Kennett Food Cupboard and the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. To kick off the spirit of giving, students were asked to “Lend a Hand and Bring a Can!” during a Spirit Assembly in November. In December, students and staff not only met their goal but surpassed it, collecting more than 1,000 items for those in need!

The Mary. D. Lang Kindergarten Center’s staff also held their annual Adopt-a-Family Campaign. A “Tree of Giving” in the staff lounge was decorated with paper ornaments, each with an item the adopted families had requested. Each child in the family received a new outfit, coat, shoes, and a toy they had requested. In addition to the Adopt-a-Family Campaign, the money collected from the “Friday Jeans Jar” went to purchase Giant Gift cards for families in need.

As principal Mrs. April Reynolds said, “It is truly better to give than to receive.”

Bancroft Elementary School

Bancroft Elementary School held a Canned-Food Drive to benefit the Kennett Food Cupboard. Students donated more tStudents during Bancroft's Holiday Service Activitieshan 300 nonperishable foods items throughout November and participated in an informational assembly to learn about the Kennett Food Cupboard. To conclude the assembly, students took a “Walk of Hunger” around the school.

It wouldn’t be the holiday season with the annual Bancroft Elementary School Pajama Drive. For the eighth year in a row, the school community’s goal was to collect 200 pairs of new pajamas to donate They year’s goal was surpassed and the Bancroft family donated 240 pairs of pajamas! Together, students, faculty, and staff celebrated surpassing their goal by having a schoolwide Morning Meeting in their favorite pajamas on the last day before winter break.

New Garden Elementary School

This year, New Garden Elementary School embraced the holiday spirit with three service activities. The Children’s Pajama Christmas Event invited the New Garden Elementary School community to collect and donate pajamas for children. All donated pajamas were donated to Family Promise of Southern Chester County, which then distributed them to Chester County shelters.

The New Garden Elementary School community also participated in the Help Fill the Shelves Food Drive, collecting food items for the Kennett Area Community Service Food Drive (KACS) to help families in need.

Finally, New Garden hosted a Toys for Tots Toy Drive. This annual event distributes toys throughout Kennett Square and the surrounding area.

“Together we collected toys to bring a message of hope to needy children,” explains principal Mrs. Susan McArdle. “By giving, we can motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.”

Greenwood Elementary SchoolGreenwood students making their Empty Bowls

Greenwood Elementary School was abuzz with holiday cheer as students were invited to collect and donate toys for the Toys for Tots Toy Drive.

Students were invited to participate in a Holiday Food Drive, which collected nonperishable food items for families in need through the Chester County Food Bank.

Greenwood Elementary School students also participated in the Empty Bowls Giving Project, an international project to help fight hunger. Led by art teacher Mrs. Meghan Bergman, students worked collaboratively to decorate clay bowls, which they donated to the Kennett Food Cupboard for its annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. This wonderful activity infused service and teamwork, as students worked together to finish the bowls rather than working on one single bowl individually.

“Working in teams helps students feel that they are part of a community benefiting those in need,” explained Mrs. Bergman. “No one child finishes a bowl. Students work together to make, paint, and finish the bowl in this social/collaborative initiative.”

Kennett Middle School

Kennett Middle School celebrated the holiday season with three special service projects.

First was the Thank You Project, a gratitude project started by a Kennett Square artist and District grandparent, Ms. Roberta Little. To express their appreciation and gratitude for the gifts they have received, students arrange socks, candy, paper clips, pretzels, and other unique materials to spell the words “Thank You.” Ms. Little posts a new photo each day of their work. The project encourages students to find ways to show their appreciation with actions rather than words and inspires them to create.

For the Selfies with Santa Food Drive, students donated nonperishable food items to the Kennett Food Cupboard. If they met their goal, their principal, Ms. Tamara Fellows, agreed to dress up in a Santa Claus costume and take selfies with her students. Students exceeded their goal and took some memorable photos with Ms. Fellows.

During the week of parent conferences, students were asked to nominate a teacher for the Citadel Heart of Learning Award. Students learned the valuable lesson of being thankful for their educators, which goes hand in hand with giving thanks during the holiday season.

Kennett High School

Kennett High School kicked off the holiday season with the Interact Club Toy Drive. Students collected educational toys, such as LEGO sets, puzzles, Play-Doh, chalk, board games, SADD Club Coat Drivecoloring books, pencils and crayons, games, and books for children. They collected more than 50 items to donate to Tick Tock Early Learning Center in Kennett Square. Interact Club president Zuzu du Toit and vice president Ellie Conlin-Day were instrumental in making this event a success.

The Humanitarian Club held a holiday food drive. In combination with their annual Haunted Walk and donations, the club raised $671.48, plus 3,646 pounds of food to be donated to the Kennett Food Cupboard.

The Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club held its second annual Coat Drive. Students, teachers, and support staff donated 225 gently used coats (100 more than last year) to Saint Rocco’s Parish in Kennett Square.