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Northshore schools step up to help the needy this holiday season

  • Written by Deborah Stone
It’s the time of year when people most often think of others in need and as always, Northshore students are eager to do their part.

At Shelton View Elementary, for example, the school sponsors a toy drive for children that have to spend the holidays at Seattle Children’s Hospital. This annual event is in honor of a Shelton View student who passed away a few years ago from a brain tumor.

Over at Westhill Elementary, there’s a gingerbread house contest going on, sponsored by Bothell Safeway.

The store delivered 10 houses for students in grades 3-6 to decorate. Finished products will be displayed at Safeway and voted on by the public.

One of the rewards is 10 gift cards from the grocery store, which will be given to needy Westhill families.

Canyon Creek children provide books to families within the school’s community through the “All for Books” campaign.

Students and families donate loose change or dollar bills and are then given an “All for Books” donation slip that they complete and display in the library hallway.

All of the funds collected go toward purchasing books for families needing assistance within the Westhill community.

The money is matched by Scholastic Book, which makes book donations to two national non-profit organizations dedicated to helping needy families —  Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. and the Kids in Need Foundation.

At Timbercrest Junior High, the school’s service club, TCIA, decorates and fills handmade stockings with gifts donated by Timbercrest students and families for 100 needy teens.

The recipients are clients of Eastside Friends of Youth and live in shelters, group homes or foster care.

Canyon Park Junior High holds a coat drive to collect new and gently used coats for Threads and Treads, the free clothing bank for Northshore students and families, which is housed onsite at the school.

Secondary students also step up to support the needy.

At Bothell High, ASB and DECA are working together to help local families that are part of Childhood Cancer Careline with gifts.

Additionally, their efforts will also assist families at Bothell High, Frank Love and Crystal Springs Elementary Schools for the holiday season.

Another event going on at BHS, in conjunction with the Northshore Nutrition Association, is a shoe drive.

Students are collecting new and gently used shoes and new socks for men, women and children for Redeeming Soles, an organization that distributes the items to various organizations around the Seattle area. The school’s theme is “Hop on the Sole Train.”

Inglemoor High students are collecting money to buy gift cards for families to purchase groceries and gifts for the holidays.

The school’s goal is to reach out to 50-60 families in the Inglemoor community, including families at Inglemoor, as well as at elementary and junior high schools in the school’s feeder pattern.

There’s also a Cards for Kids Club, which is gathering gloves to donate to Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children, an organization that provides stockings and needed stocking stuffers to 78 shelters in the Puget Sound area.

These are only a sampling of the variety of the projects that local schools participate in, as most, if not all buildings are engaged in some sort of community service holiday-oriented activity.

“The holiday season is a time of helping those in need and has become an annual tradition for Northshore schools,” says Leanna Albrecht, communications director for Northshore. She adds, “But caring for our community doesn’t stop there. Northshore students volunteer throughout the year on various projects to support our local community.”

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