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Chapel Hill Elementary Gives Back

More than 1,000 food items were collected this year for Douglas County charities.

Throughout the holiday season, Chapel Hill Elementary School (CHES) participates in several service projects which give not only to families within the school in need but also serves others in the community.

In November, the entire staff and student body collected canned goods for a canned food drive promoted by the PTA and led by President Kenya Rowser. More than 1,000 food items were collected this year. These items supported several CHES families as well as the following food banks: The Pantry, St. Julian’s Backpack Ministry, and The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

This year marked the 15th anniversary of the Giving Tree, which was organized by Lisa Vaught, school counselor. During that time, the CHES community has provided close to 4,000 much needed gifts to over 400 students and their families. The tree was located in the lobby of the school and was adorned with paw printed ornaments printed with items needed by families of CHES for the holiday season. Qualifying students and their siblings up through 16 years old
age were assisted this year. The children's needs are meet through participation of our students, parents, staff and community members. All gifts were wrapped and were either picked up or delivered to the families.

Chapel Hill Elementary Junior Beta Club, led by Mrs. Behrman and Mrs. Streetman, worked in conjunction with Vaught to do their community service project for the holidays. The members brought in stocking stuffers for the families on the Giving Tree. The Junior Beta Club members then wrapped the presents themselves.

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