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Maple Street Gives Thanks

Published:  November 28, 2016


The halls of Maple Street School this week were filled with gratitude. This year, Maple Street School students completed three projects aimed at helping others this Thanksgiving season.

Throughout the month of November, Maple Street students of all ages have been doing extra chores at home to be able to contribute to purchasing nine Thanksgiving baskets, which included a turkey and all the fixings. On Friday, November 18, Maple Street School hosted a dance for area students, and a portion of the price of admission went to the purchase of these nine Thanksgiving baskets, one for each grade at Maple Street School.

The Maple Street School Student Council helped make the shopping list for Thanksgiving items, and stuffed the baskets, each including a turkey and all the fixings. Shaws in Manchester offered the school a discount on the turkeys. Jennifer Galusha, the Early Childhood Education Coordinator for the Northshire Head Start, collected the donations on Tuesday, November 22, and went to deliver them to local families.

Also at the Friday dance, MSS Student Council decided to ask each attendee to also bring a canned or non-perishable item to share. With nearly 200 food donations, Maple Street was able to deliver these items to the Manchester Community Food Cupboard to share.

And, students have been collecting personal care items this fall to help the Rutland Welcomes group to supply refugees coming to Rutland.

“We’ve spent this month reflecting about gratitude,” said Maple Street Head of School Fanning Hearon. “Students wanted a way to help their neighbors and share in the spirit of giving thanks and being grateful for each other.”

MSS Student Council President Annette Zilkha said, “It’s a great way for people to connect and share their thanks.”

MSS Student Council Vice President Morgan Weber said, “Especially this time of year, it feels good to help others have a good Thanksgiving.”