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A Christmas Story December 25, 2005

Posted by Michael McVey in Online Tools.

santa   This great story came from Mary B. on my listserv:

My second graders surprised me by greeting customers with Christmas Carols at Border’s Books last week.

Last Thursday the kids and I went to Border’s to buy books for an inner-city second grade classroom’s library. The kids raised $1,100.00 by having a Read-A-Thon, doing chores at home, donating their allowances, and asking parents and relatives for donations. They were so excited after they finished counting the money, and so was I. That was the most money earned in the 12 years that I have been doing this literacy project.

We all went to Border’s and picked out hundreds of paperback books for the second grade classroom in Chicago where the books will be sent so that those kids can have lots of books to read in their classroom. After the kids selected the books, we proceeded up to the check-out and Border’s gave us our personal check-out person.

John, the man behind the register, let the kids come up one at a time to help scan the books and place them in the box. The rest of the kids had to sit on the floor right at the entrance to the store. I was a little worried that the waiting kids would get restless, but one of the kids got all the others singing Christmas carols and greeting and saying good-bye to the shoppers. 

My second graders were so cute, and the shoppers and sales people at Border’s loved it. After we got back to school, I laminated the three long cash register receipts and hung them from our classroom door. Each receipt is long as the door, and they will be kept there all year to remind the kids that they can indeed make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Have a Happy Christmas!



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