Notes from the Classroom: Indian Trail Elementary

Editor’s note: Our recurring series Notes from the Classroom gives teachers in Union County schools the opportunity to talk about experiences in the classroom or projects their students are working on. This week’s edition highlights. Gina Chisum’s third grade class at Indian Trail Elementary

Gina Chisum’s classroom decided to make a big impact this holiday season.  After writing letters to local businesses to raise over $2,100 for Indian Trail Elementary School’s Invest In A Child Fall Fundraiser, these fourth graders felt they wanted to continue their service to others. This time in their own community.

They chose two causes to help, one being Turning Point, the domestic abuse shelter for women. The second cause the students helped was the animal rescue group Canine Companions. Both of these facilities are within our community. These foundations were voted on by the children, in hopes to help both children and animals.

These children and their families went even beyond the initial thought. Turning Point in Monroe received personalized stockings filled with their favorite snacks for all the children and the mothers received chocolates. Each person also received a heart filled personalized card from the students in Mrs. Chisum’s class. Following the writing and filling of the stockings, Mrs. Chisum’s students were blessed with a presentation from Barbara White, a spokesperson from Turning Point, who enlightened these students on how Turning Point helps mothers and children in need.

Canine Companions was their second cause to help in Union County. The organization houses dogs that have been waiting a long time to be adopted. They include the adult dogs, handicapped dogs and timid dogs. Items were brought in and put under Mrs. Chisum’s Santa Paws Tree because these cats and dogs deserve something special.

– Stacy Kaminski

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