Students' generosity provides holiday joy for others

Kassandra Rackley, left, and Hailey Peep with the Woodin "Giving Tree."
Photo by Karen Diefendorf/Woodinville Weekly.

giving tree by Karen Diefendorf
When Woodin Elementary's first ever "Giving Tree" was put up in the library a few weeks ago, it was decorated with lights and 300 tags listing boys and girls ages one month to 19 years.
   The holiday project was the idea of the school's student body officers, with the help of advisor Judy Bonifaci and the Northshore Multi-Service Center.
   Each student who wished to take part in the project took a tag home and returned it with a wrapped gift appropriate for the age and gender listed.
   As of last Friday, December 15, not a tag remained, and the pile of gifts surrounding the tree was immense. Bonifaci estimated that all 300 tags had been returned with packages.
   The gifts were taken to the center last Saturday and will be distributed before Christmas to people in need in the community.
   Sixth grader Kassandra Rackley thought the "Giving Tree" was a great idea. Hailey Peep, a 6-year-old first grader, particularly liked the giving part.
   "It's good to give to people who don't have many clothes, presents, or toys," Hailey said.