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Brimfield students learning the gift of giving


November 15, 2010
BRIMFIELD — For the 11th consecutive year, the families of Brimfield Elementary School students are donating a variety of foods that will be given to approximately 25 less fortunate families in their community.

Since Oct. 25, students ranging from preschool through grade six have brought non-perishable foods into school as part of the annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive coordinated by the Brimfield PTO.

"The kids are learning the importance of working as a group instead of as individuals," said Jen Foley, a volunteer with the PTO.

The Thanksgiving Basket Drive will be followed next week by the Giving Tree Drive, both of which comprise the school's Spirit of Giving Contest. The contest is divided by individual grades, and the grade that brings in the most foods and gifts will be treated to an ice cream social in December.

For the Thanksgiving Basket Drive, students in each grade were asked to bring in specific items each week. Canned vegetables were requested the first week of the drive, while juices and dessert foods were received in subsequent weeks. Every Friday, the donated foods are tallied by grade and then compared to the results of the other seven grades. As of Friday, the fifth grade held a narrow lead over the second grade, but ice cream is a powerful incentive and a late comeback isn't out of the question.

The children will help teachers and members of the PTO assemble the Thanksgiving baskets on the afternoon of Tuesday Nov. 23. In addition to filling the baskets with foods, each student will design Thanksgiving cards that will be placed in the baskets.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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