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The Giving Tree

My son’s elementary school is holding a holiday care drive next week, collecting food, clothing and diapers for a local non-profit. Today I went to his classroom and read the class the story The Giving Tree. I then talked to the kids about the spirit of giving and the care drive.

I also brought in this tree you see here. It used to be a lemon tree that my dad planted with the kids a few years ago on Arbor Day. Obviously we didn’t give it the love it needed, so it turned into some dried out branches. Happily, it was given new life when I uprooted it and hung it with 29 tags, each with a suggested item to bring in as a donation. My four year old had fun punching the holes in the tags (which were made out of paint chips from an old Pottery Barn paint sample pad I found in a drawer) and hanging the tags on the tree. My six-and-a-half year old and his friends seemed to enjoy the tree and choosing their tags. (I had forgotten how funny the word Diapers is to a bunch of first graders!)

I got this idea from my son’s Kindergarten teacher last year. It is a nice hands-on way to get kids involved in a giving-related project, and hopefully the little tags will serve as reminders for their parents to bring in their donations next week.

Posted Wednesday, December 1, 2010 in Uncategorized