Third Grade Class Gives Back

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Third grade students in Nicole Taylor’s class at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School recently showed their community support during the Halloween season by collecting gently used Halloween costumes to be donated to a local shelter. The class wanted to give other children the opportunity to have costumes to choose from for Halloween.

Taylor created a class rule about five years ago that for every party her class has throughout the year, they must give back in some way to the community. The class had a Halloween party on Oct. 31 so their way of giving back was to donate costumes. The class created a donation box in the classroom which they decorated themselves. The box was then sent to the Family Service League to be given to a shelter.

The students enjoyed being able to give back and donated about 15 to 20 costumes. “They come up to me with their own ideas for helping out in the community,” said Taylor. “I have heard from parents that students now look at toys that they don’t play with anymore and ask their parents if they can donate them to children in need.”

The class will continue giving back to the community throughout the school year by bringing a charitable component to the classroom for every holiday. The next service that they will be participating in is a Thanksgiving food drive.

“I think philanthropy is just as important as academics,” said Taylor.