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Caulfeild students make Christmas crackers for those in need

Principal Brad Lund (back, from left), and teachers Tina Brown and Melissa Naccarato helped Caulfeild elementary students, including (clockwise from left) Annika, Kyra, Maya, Elizabeth and Maya, make Christmas crackers to put in hampers for those in need. - Michaela Garsitn
Principal Brad Lund (back, from left), and teachers Tina Brown and Melissa Naccarato helped Caulfeild elementary students, including (clockwise from left) Annika, Kyra, Maya, Elizabeth and Maya, make Christmas crackers to put in hampers for those in need.
— image credit: Michaela Garsitn

Kids often don’t have much of their own to give to charity but one Caulfeild elementary teacher knew how to change this.

Twenty years ago while working at Ridgeview elementary, Tina Brown had her students make Christmas crackers using wrapping paper, recycled cardboard toilet paper tubes and a portion of their Halloween candy.

The project is still going strong at both Caulfeild and Ridgeview, where all grades come together to create the small presents.

“They work hard for their Halloween candy and it’s something they can give away that’s their own,” says Brown, holding a box full of Christmas crackers that will be put in hampers and delivered to the Harvest Project and seven families at Caulfield’s sister school, Thunderbird elementary in Vancouver.

“This gives them the chance to start thinking about charity at a young age.”

Students made 600 Christmas crackers in the gym and next year Brown hopes to have enough for the Union Gospel Mission’s family dinner.

The students added the crackers to holiday hampers, which include chocolates, pyjamas and other goodies.

“We did it as a whole school because it’s nice for them to know that everyone wants to contribute,” says Kyra, a Grade 6 student who helped organize the project.

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