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It's the season of giving at Menomonee Falls schools

Various fundraisers wrap up in time for Christmas

Billy Gottemoller (from left) Lainey Hamilton, Amelia Larson and Jack Kanitz pack up some of the food that John Gobler’s third-grade class at Shady Lane Elementary School collected, along with $155.78 in cash, for donation to the Menomonee Falls Food Pantry.

Billy Gottemoller (from left) Lainey Hamilton, Amelia Larson and Jack Kanitz pack up some of the food that John Gobler’s third-grade class at Shady Lane Elementary School collected, along with $155.78 in cash, for donation to the Menomonee Falls Food Pantry. Photo By C.T. Kruger

Dec. 22, 2013

Menomonee Falls — In the weeks leading up to the holiday break, Menomonee Falls students rallied together for a variety of causes to help those in need.

Shady Lane Elementary typically hosts a large food drive for the Falls Food Pantry in February. This year, however, one third-grade class decided to host its own drive. The students of John Gobler's class were inspired to help the food pantry after seeing "A Christmas Carol" at North Middle School. The class donated $155 and 20 food items.

"It's important for them to see that there are families in our own community that need help," Shady Lane Principal Brad Hoffman said.

For the last three years, each grade level at Menomonee Falls High School is paired with an elementary school to collect money for a handful of students in need. Elementary school counselors provide the high school with wish lists. The senior class set a lofty goal of raising $1,000 for seven children from Shady Lane, toppling the amount raised last year.

Senior class officers spearheaded the campaign, routinely visiting senior classes to gather donations from their peers. Last week, the class advisers went to the students' homes to deliver the gifts, which included everything from gift cards to snow pants and boots.

"It makes you feel good that kids are conscious of their service and helping the community," Senior Class Adviser Lisa Kiefer said. "I have seven class officers that are strong leaders and they're the ones that have to really do the work to try to get their classmates involved and spread the message and get others involved."

In addition to the class fundraisers, the sophomore Healthcare Academy raised money and made blankets for children at Children's Hospital.

The second-, third- and fourth-grade students at Valley View Elementary participated in the Scholastic-Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive, which provides new books and pajamas to children in need. Valley View chose to go through Scholastic because for every set of pajamas donated, Scholastic donates a book to be delivered with the clothing.

In total, 102 pairs of pajamas were donated, which means Scholastic will donate the equivalent in books.

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