Tis the season for giving and once again Northeast will be participating in their annual ‘Christmas Jar' Project. Students at Northeast will be reading and discussing "Penny's Christmas Jars Miracle", a story of a young girl who gets a whole neighborhood involved in her plan for her Christmas Jars.
Northeast fifth graders will be visiting each classroom to explain the story of the "Christmas Jars" and leave a decorated jar. Students will have the opportunity to bring spare change in order to fill their class's jar from December 3 - 21. "Northeast Elementary has 440 students," said Terrie Maloley, Counselor. "So if we all work together, we can do great things."
According to Maloley, the jars will be donated to the Kearney Cancer Center and given to a patient and his/her family. Representatives from the Cancer Center will be at the December 21 Northeast sing-a-long to accept the Christmas Jar and share how the gift will impact this family. Last year Northeast Elementary donated $1,500 through the Christmas Jar campaign.
Fifth grade student, Nolan Eatherton, is head of the Media Committee for the project. According to Eatherton, a Community Christmas Jar will be located at the Northeast Elementary office in case the Kearney community would like to participate in the project. The students also want to encourage other people to do Christmas Jar Acts on their own. "It's all about families doing community service by donating extra change, like the change in your pocket or couch cushions," he explained. "Every penny counts." Eatherton encouraged families or businesses around the community to give anonymously because ‘..the whole point is to give without any return.'
The students have translated the book into "kindergarten" language for the younger students. Starting Monday, December 3, the Christmas Jar committee members will be visiting all the Northeast classrooms to read the book and explain the promotion. Students will be making a video for their website and Facebook pages as well.