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CCSD Students Show Holiday Spirit
Arnold Mill Elementary School continued its annual Giving Tree program, through which students and staff collect hundreds of gifts and necessities for families in need.  Josie Powers, left, and Kelsey Donnelly lead the parade of students, as they carry their donations through the school. Bascomb Elementary School Counselors Kim Holstein and Dani Mabeus organize presents donated by the community to help Cherokee County students in need.

Boston Elementary School kindergartners teamed up this holiday season to collect canned goods for Papa’s Pantry, a nonprofit organization that offers families in the community access to a food pantry and other services. Here's Carter Murray.
Boston Elementary School kindergartners teamed up this holiday season to collect canned goods for Papa’s Pantry, a nonprofit organization that offers families in the community access to a food pantry and other services. Here's Averie Robertson!
The Boston Elementary School Jr. Beta Club made reindeer candy canes to sell to students as a fundraiser, with proceeds used to purchase heathy snacks and warm socks for local dialysis and chemotherapy patients. From left to right: Carson Moore, Lukas Wright, Luna Kaedi Garcia, and Sophie Metcalf. Carmel Elementary School students collected toiletries, pajamas and small gifts for Woodstock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center patients.  The drive was organization by the school’s Student Council, and its members made posters to promote the service learning project. From left to right: Ayleah Romero, Asabella Andruzzi, and Amariah Simmons. Cherokee High School and Woodstock High School partnered on a food drive for MUST Ministries, with donations netting students and families free admission to the teams’ basketball games against each other. The Cherokee High School Friends Club presented its annual holiday show, which this year was “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” and received special help from American Sign Language students.  The students in teacher Denise Manning’s ASL 3 class interpreted the production for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students, from left to right, Mallory Sheppard, Teresa Bell, and Carolina Tyner provide interpretation during the show. The Cherokee High School Friends Club presented its annual holiday show, which this year was “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” and received special help from American Sign Language students.  The students in teacher Denise Manning’s ASL 3 class interpreted the production for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing. Cherokee High School Junior ROTC Cadets participate in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy Student Ambassadors, as part of their study of the Character Education trait Compassion, created displays to promote the school’s sixth annual Toys for Tots drive.  Here are Eddie Jimenez, left, and Boomer Hunt.
Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy Student Ambassadors, as part of their study of the Character Education trait Compassion, created displays to promote the school’s sixth annual Toys for Tots drive.  From left to right, Chloe Peyton, Kate Holley, Chloe Pendley, and Bailey Boehringer.
Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy Student Ambassadors, as part of their study of the Character Education trait Compassion, created displays to promote the school’s sixth annual Toys for Tots drive.  Here are Kendahl Baxter, left, and Jasmyne Justice.
Creekview High School soccer players donated to and helped organize toys at the Secret Santa workshop for children in foster care in Cherokee County. Students throughout E.T. Booth MS are raising money to help families in need this holiday season.  The Lookout Mountain team needed a second tree to track its donations due to students’ generosity!  Adding names to the tree are seventh-graders Cara Holland, left, and Chloe Branning. Etowah High School hosted its eighth annual “Shop with an Eagle” event, with 61 children from the community enjoying a shopping trip with Etowah students paid for by the school-wide fundraiser.  Enough money was raised for each child to have $135 to spend on themselves on the shopping trip.  The Etowah PTSA also set up a “Santa’s Workshop” store at the school, where the children could pick out free gifts for their parents, other family and teachers… and the children enjoyed pizza and treats, a visit from Santa and festive fun. Free Home Elementary School students collected warm socks for residents in a local memory care facility and made cards to attach to the socks.  The school also held a toy drive for children living in foster care in the community. Indian Knoll Elementary School’s Beta Club collaborated with the Sequoyah High School Junior ROTC to collect holiday meal boxes for local families in need.  Indian Knoll collected 741 items, which created boxes for 25 families.  The school also collected new, unwrapped toys for the MUST Ministries Toy Shop.  Students, from left to right, Parker McKie, Abby Hude, Anjali Gavalas and Riley O’Neill prepare the food drive donations for delivery. Knox Elementary School STEM Academy’s Make A Change Club sponsored a holiday toy drive for Cherokee County Department of Family and Children Services.  The new toys will be given to foster children in Cherokee County.  Members pictured are, from left to right, front row: Allie Belle, Haleigh Shelton, Emma Wilson, Cole Mizelle; second row: Anna Weitzenkorn, Autumn Sheffield, Aiden Lewis; back row: Madelyn Stallings, Aleah Cole, Megan Sweeney, Addison Ethridge, and Ben Parker. Little River Elementary School students and staff collected toys for foster children in Cherokee County and gifts for deputies from the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.  Principal Karen Carl recognized a few of the local deputies and a K9 officer during the holiday assembly on Friday. Macedonia Elementary School’s Spirit of the Season tree provides opportunities for students to help those less fortunate in the community with needed items, such as: clothing, toys, blankets and cleaning supplies. Macedonia ES Secretary Tracy Smith helps second-grader Anna Peterson pick an ornament from the tree so she can donate the requested items. The Mill Creek Middle School PTSA Jr. Ambassador Club organized a drive to collect stocking stuffers for students in need.  From left to right: Quinn Colbeck, Kaitlyn Jensen, Graeme Navarro, Sidney Fialdini, Caroline Purvis, and Maggie Smith. Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy received numerous donations for its holiday season donation drive to help families in need in its community.  Donors included: Bascomb Elementary School, Etowah High School’ Shop with an Eagle, Forever Fed, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Hillside Christmas Angels, Iglesia Templo de Alabanza, Law Offices of Kyle Koester, New Harmony Baptist Church, Service League of Cherokee County, Shop with a Cop, The Premier Group, Woodstock City Church, and staff and parents from the school. R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy’s Jr. Beta Club organized a holiday food drive to benefit the school’s Back Pack Buddies Program, which sends backpacks of food home to students in need.  PHOTO: Club members, from left to right: Lila Young, Brenna Glouse, Evan Eifert, Nicolas Rios, Archer Bracewell, Brennan Wetherington, Elijah Strong. Not pictured: Henry Morgan, Grayson Prien and sponsor, teacher Jesica Magardo. Sequoyah High School organized its first-ever “Shop with a Chief” charitable event, modeled after Etowah High School’s successful program.  Students raised funds to take younger children from the community on shopping trips where their needs and holiday wish lists were fulfilled.  Students Jasmine Lim and Valerie Martinez take a child shopping. Teasley Middle School celebrated the end of a successful holiday charitable drive with its annual Spirit of the Season assembly on Friday featuring musical performances and skits from students and staff.  The collection, which will benefit local families in need, totaled 1,665 cans of food, 254 toys, and $2,000 in cash and gift card donations! A Cherokee County School District Transition Academy student recently volunteered to help honor veterans at a special event.  Cristian SanJuan Ramirez participated in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.  Cristian, who was a member of the Junior ROTC while a student at Cherokee High School, is continuing his service as a student at the Transition Academy, which provides job and life skills training as part of the CCSD Office of Special Education’s programs.  He leads the flag ceremony outside ACE Academy, which houses the Transition Academy; participates in weekly JROTC programs at Cherokee HS; and volunteers at community events such as the wreath-laying ceremony. Woodstock Elementary School collected gently used and new warm coats and blankets for people of all ages.  The school’s goal is to provide warm coats and blankets to children and adults in the community who need warmth during the cold winter months. Students, from left to right: Sawyer Swift, Peyton Long, Elsie Hallman and Chloe Tate put out bins for donations.
Woodstock Elementary School collected gently used and new warm coats and blankets for people of all ages.  The school’s goal is to provide warm coats and blankets to children and adults in the community who need warmth during the cold winter months. Students, from left to right, Yayra Hodasi, Noah Koepke and Lola McGinnis sort donations.
The Woodstock High School cross-country team visited Brookdale Assisted Living for a day of service including holiday decorating and making gingerbread houses with residents.  Triston Leonardi, left, and Rodrick Longshore, who also is a Navy Junior ROTC cadet, volunteer. The Woodstock High School Navy Junior ROTC volunteered at the Wreaths Across America Day ceremony at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.