Every year my 5th graders begin a collection of empty clementine boxes. In the spring the boxes are taken home by the students to paint and decorate. All families have a can or two of interior wall paint left over from a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, or family room. The kids paint the boxes and with smiling faces bring them back to school.
During Lent we begin to collect donations of candy, plastic eggs, Easter grass, stuffed animals, books, toys, school supplies, toothpaste and tooth brushes, just to name a few items. The kids set up an " Easter Basket Store" in my classroom. Baskets are chosen and filled with Easter grass. Each child decides who they are shopping for, little boy or girl, older boy or girl.
The shopping begins!
After shopping, each student made a tag for a boy or girl.
As you can see, every basket is completely different. Here is a small sample of the 104 Easter baskets that were filled by my outstanding students and their generous families.
The baskets were wrapped in plastic bags and loaded up to be delivered. Parents have also volunteered to deliver all the Easter baskets to a local food pantry just in time for Easter!
Everyone has realized that it is better to give than receive.
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