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Fairley Students Collect Mittens, Hats and Food for Families in Need

Throughout the next two weeks, Fairley Elementary School students and teachers will replicate the generosity of the character Sarah, in the book “The Mitten Tree” by Candace Christiansen.

Pre-kindergartener Ayden Cosilmon places mittens on a tree as classmates wait their turn to donate items for the annual Christmas Bureau distribution. Students will collect mittens, hats and non-perishable food items throughout the next two weeks.
Pre-kindergartener Ayden Cosilmon places mittens on a tree as classmates wait their turn to donate items for the annual Christmas Bureau distribution. Students will collect mittens, hats and non-perishable food items throughout the next two weeks.

Much like Sarah, students and staff recognize the importance of helping others in need.

Principal Jody Musa challenged students and staff to donate mittens and hats to keep people warm this winter and nonperishable food items to ensure local families don’t go hungry around the holidays.

Students paraded into the gymnasium with winter wear and canned/boxed food during a recent assembly, which served as a kick-off to the school’s Mitten Tree drive.

Mitten trees, such as this one, will be on display outside of Fairley Principal Jody Musa’s office and the front office throughout the next two weeks. Students and teachers are encouraged to donate items to local families in need.
Mitten trees, such as this one, will be on display outside of Fairley Principal Jody Musa’s office and the front office throughout the next two weeks. Students and teachers are encouraged to donate items to local families in need.

One tree has been placed outside of Musa’s office and another is outside the main front office.

Items collected will be included in the Hannibal Central School District’s Christmas Bureau program, which provides food, winter wear and special gifts to local families in need.

Last year, 175 boxes of goodies were distributed locally.