Students and staff throughout the Klamath County School District are busy helping others this holiday season. From book drives for schools impacted by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., to providing baskets for needy families, our students are reaching out and making a difference.
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- JUBILEE BASKETS: Staff at the KCSD Central Office as well as individual schools are donating themed baskets that will be auctioned off Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Assistance League of the Klamath Basin’s Rhinestone Cowboy Christmas Jubilee. Proceeds from the event will be used to provide new clothing for Klamath Basin children in need.
- The baskets are expected to raise from $1,500 to $2,500 in the auction, and the Assistance League provides the schools credit cards to give to students for clothes. Each card is worth $115 and hundreds of cards are provided to students in our district. “It is a wonderful thing to see the students in new, warm winter clothes that they get to choice for themselves at Fred Meyers,” said Larita Ongman, principal at Merrill and Malin elementary schools. “The Jubilee is beautiful – a big event in the Basin.”
- BOOK DRIVE for PARADISE: Keno Elementary School is collecting cash donations and new children’s book for two second-grade teachers at Paradise Elementary, which was destroyed in the Camp Fire. The school has been in direct contact with the teachers and hopes to help them rebuild classroom book collections for their students. There are two ways to help (all donations need to be at Keno Elementary by Dec. 12):
- Cash donations. All cash donations will be used to purchase books from a wish list created by the teachers – Mrs. Schrum and Mrs. Pittman. The school will have a collection box in its main office and each Keno teacher will have an envelope to collect money.
- Bring a second-grade-level new children’s book to the school and it will be shipped to the teachers in Paradise.
- COIN DRIVE for CAMP FIRE VICTIMS: Chiloquin Elementary School is doing a coin drive through Friday, Dec. 7 and will donate collected funds to Camp Fire victims.
- A LUNCH TO HONOR: Lost River Junior-Senior High School on Thursday, Dec. 6 will host its 26th annual Honored Citizen Luncheon at 11 a.m. at the school. Event coordinator is Jen Johnson at Lost River, 541-798-5666. Sixth-graders from Malin and Merrill elementaries will be singing at the event.
- TOYS FOR TOTS: Peterson Elementary School is working with Toys for Tots to be able to provide three students in each of its classes with toys and stocking stuffers.
- PETERSON PANTRY BAGS: The school’s staff and students are hosting class competitions to collect donations for its Peterson Pantry Bags, which are filled with food and toiletry items and sent home Dec. 13 and 14 with families who need them.
- SINGING FOR SENIORS: Peterson Elementary School kindergarten classes will be visiting area nursing homes from 8 to 10:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14 to sing Christmas carols. For more information, call Peterson Elementary at 541-883-5058.
- SHARING THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT: Gilchrist Elementary students will take holiday cards and sing carols to residents at Prairie House, an assisted living home in La Pine, on Friday, Dec. 14.
- ADOPTING A FAMILY: The Mazama High School Honor Society is adopting a family this year for Christmas. The adopted family has five siblings (four boys ages 15, 9, 6, and 5, and a girl who is 7 years old) being raised by their grandmother. Honor society students are collecting food and Christmas gifts for the family. Plans are to deliver the items Dec. 12 or Dec. 13 during the school day. Contact is Lisa Stringer or Mazama student Madi Baeth; 541-5024.
- GIVING TREE: Henley High School students are collecting stocking stuffers and items for holiday food baskets for Henley families. To participate, students select a tag from the school’s Giving Tree, purchase the item on the tag and bring it to school by Dec. 11.