During the month of December, the students at school work on service projects for the Advent Season. The classrooms discuss those less fortunate than themselves. One of the service projects was completed on Wednesday morning when the 2nd and 6th Grade students frosted and decorated 750-800 cut-out sugar cookies. A lady in our parish bakes the cookies as her personal Advent service project and she has the students finish the job. The cookies are donated to the Soup Kitchen to be served with a meal or two.
Just like his three sisters, this was Justin's year to complete the project. I was the Mom in charge when Cara, Erica, and Ashlin were each in 2nd Grade taking a year off between each one. But since Ashlin has been in 2nd Grade, I have not had a year off and run the project each year at school. I direct the other parents as we set up, clean up, figure out what supplies we need each year, and how much frosting needs to be made. The project runs smoothly and doesn't take the students very long to complete. It takes us longer to set up than it does for the students to frost.
Some other projects going on around school include: collecting food for the food bank, adopting a few families in the parish and providing the family with gifts for the holidays, collecting cleaning supplies for Bright Horizons, collecting toiletry items for Bright Horizons, collecting books for Bright Horizons, collecting pairs of pajamas for the Salvation Army, etc. Each grade completes a project during the month. Justin's 2nd grade along with the 6th Grade have adopted two families in the parish. Justin donated a t-shirt along with a fleece jacket for each mother. Ashlin's 5th Grade is donating toiletry items to Bright Horizons. Ashlin donated four sets of shampoo/conditioner sets. Cara and Erica haven't shared what their homerooms are doing yet for projects. In years past, the high school students also adopt families in the parish.
I even wore my Santa apron for the cookie decorating. Not sure why I didn't think to take a photo with each of the girls when they did this project. Oh well, at least I remembered with one of them.