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It takes a village

The saying goes that it takes a village to raise a child but sometimes it takes the children to raise the village. Listed below is a sampling of the charitable activities Marcellus students and staff were involved in during the 2010 holiday season.

Students in Anita Pawlewicz' and Jenny Comstock's co-teach sixth grade classroom made packages to send to our troops in Afghanistan. The students created original holiday ornaments and decorated mini-trees for our military heroes.

Kindergarten and Pre-first classes at K. C. Heffernan Elementary School held a food and personal hygiene item drive for the Marcellus Durgee Food Pantry. Teachers Jodi Wiley, Katy Kelly, Kim Sparks, Brenda Buso, Denise Moniz, and Mary Ellen Koloski connected the charitable activity to classroom math and social studies curriculum.

The KCH Site-based Team held a winter coat drive for families in need during the holiday season.

The Jan Smith Fund at KCH, coordinated by Jo Marie Mariani, Becky Eaton, Bethany Woods, and Gary Bissaillon once again provided "Christmas" to KCH families in need. This year, holiday gifts were provided for more than 60 students. KCH faculty/retirees came together on Dec. 15 to wrap and package the gifts for the children.

Students in Suzanne Alexander's and Jeanine Snyder's co-teach fourth grade classroom created center pieces for the Rescue Mission's holiday dinner. The students also collected money for the Marcellus Durgee Food Pantry. Additionally, on Nov. 17 the class held their second annual Thanksgiving Feast for senior citizens from the Marcellus community. Alexander and Snyder worked with the class to plan, prepare, cook and serve the feast.

The Marcellus Girls' Basketball Program hosted a Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28 and 29. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the American Cancer Society and the Coaches vs. Cancer initiative. Tournament activities included a 50-50 raffle as well as a raffle for a basketball signed by the 2010-2011 Syracuse University Basketball Team.

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