Poland Dobbins Elementary School students are demonstrating an important character trait. They are showing compassion for those less fortunate through a giving tree program.
At the beginning of the month, the school began the program by putting up five Christmas trees on the stage. Every morning, students would bring in items that would help keep less fortunate children warm during the winter. The kindergarten brought in socks, first grade donated mittens, second grade brought gloves, third grade donated hats, headbands and earmuffs, and fourth grade was responsible for scarves. Beside those pieces of apparel, the school also received a good number of new coats and jackets.
According to school Principal Cheryl Borovitcky, the program came to an end this week. On Wednesday, Dec. 19, Mahoning County Children's Services picked up the donations and will be issuing the items to children they serve.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Dobbins students Rachel Steele, Tyler Antil, Noah Huda and Samantha Burnbrier hangs a few more items on the school’s Giving Tree that will help Children’s Services keep unfortunate children warm during the winter.
"This was not strictly for Christmas," Borovitcky said. "The items will be used throughout the winter months to children in need."
By the end of last week, all five trees were getting filled up with items. Borovitcky and the rest of the staff said they were proud of the students and the program.
"This is children helping children," she said. "It also goes with our character trait of the month."
Every month, Dobbins students are given a character trait to work on and the December trait was compassion. Borovitcky said the students learned to feel compassion for those who don't have a winter coat, hat, or a pair of gloves. She said they they are learning that they can make a difference for that child by meeting a basic need.