Tier Two

Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

Fourth Graders’ Class Discussion Leads to Holiday Donations

One day, before the holiday season, Todd fourth grade teacher Lorraine McDermott was reading The Trumpet of the Swan to her students and a discussion arose about “wants and needs.” This discussion led to a donation to a local shelter.

“I asked the students whether socks are a want or a need,” said Mrs. McDermott. “After a deep discussion the students ultimately decided that socks are a ‘need’ and we came up with the idea of donating pairs of socks to those who really need them.”

Both cohorts in the class donated men’s socks and wrapped them in cheerful holiday gift wrap. They also included uplifting messages on each wrapped gift, such as “always know you are special” and “be brave, be kind.” The socks were dropped off at Open Arms Shelter in White Plains, just before the holiday vacation.