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The Giving Tree

Anastasia Gamez, Staff Writer

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Christmas is always the most wonderful time of the year to share and give back to the people who need it the most over the holidays. The Giving Tree was a great opportunity for the students and the staff of Lindenhurst High School to give back to their community. The Giving Tree helped those here at LHS to be able to supply the less fortunate with Christmas gifts. As an effort to give back, some teachers are having their students donate money for this charity. Staff and faculty were also able to pick an ornament off the tree and buy something too! Mrs. Scharf, an algebra and geometry teacher, was in charge of running this charity and the donations. She got many gifts for these families and she also got lots of food and desserts for them so that they are really able to enjoy their holiday.

Some  teachers shared a similar goal for their classes to reach for the families that that teacher has chosen to provide for. They were able to choose the family member from the Christmas tree that was located in front of the main office at the Lindenhurst High School. This provided the opportunity for everyone to go to this christmas tree and choose their family member they wanted to buy a gift for. The family member and their gift that they wanted was on a paper ornament on this Christmas tree. Many of the math classrooms have taken the initiative to donate lots of money for this cause. Some of the teachers went shopping for some of these items wanted from the families with some of the money that was donated by the students.

Mr. Cohen, a geometry teacher, raised over one hundred dollars and bought most of the items that some family members wanted. He had also made some of his classes help with the wrapping of the gifts and his goal for every class was for every student to donate at least fifty cents towards this cause. Some students had donated more than the fifty cents or a dollar.  In some of his classes, he has had a student of his draw a tree and a toucan. He made the student draw and color in the tree every time the class reached a goal for the money donation. The tree that was drawn was supposed to represent the children’s book The Giving Tree. The toucan isn’t in the children’s book, but the whole thing was supposed to be for fun.

The Giving Tree was a great opportunity for Lindenhurst students and staff to help and support the less fortunate for the holidays. It was also great to see how much the LHS community cares for each other and for people that we don’t even know. A lot of  dedication goes into donating and buying gifts for those wonderful families. 

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