Brooks Elementary 4th grade students in Ms. Bracken's class filled Operation Christmas Child boxes for children all around the world.
This project took place inside and outside the classroom. Inside the classroom, students discussed the gift of giving and what this box would mean to a child in need around the world. The class watched some videos online about the boxes and their journey to each recipient. They also discussed what essential items might need to go inside.
In addition, the students wrote letters to the children who received the boxes. We wrote these children letters. The even included family photos and some other "get to know you" activities.
The students are able to track their box via a QR code to find out where it will end up. Once every box arrives, the class will do a follow up lesson to talk about where in the world each box ended up!
Outside the classroom, families went and shopped for their special child, thoughtfully filling the box Ms. Bracken provided and including special items and pictures that might touch this child this holiday season.
"I am proud to report that 100% of my students and families filled a box. Some families even filled two -- one for another sibling in the family," said Ms. Brecken. "I was blown away!"
Kip's Ice Cream in Moon Township was so proud of the students for learning the gift of giving, they donated free ice cream to students and families. The class met there to turn in the boxes during National Collection Week and shared some ice cream together as a class social.
Great job, fourth grade!