COVINGTON — For one second grade class on Friday, part of the the lesson was how Christmas cheer was about more than receiving gifts — but also giving them.
Diana Schaurer’s second-grade class put together Christmas bags full of encouragement and a handful of sweets for “whoever the children know in their life that maybe needs a little sunshine during the Christmas season.”
“We’ve had some sad things happen to some of their families this year,” Schaurer said. “We thought, instead of making a craft they’re going to throw away in a week, we would make something that will last.”
The children, each seated in rows, had their decorated Christmas bags in front of them before taking turns to fill each other’s bag. They formed a train walking through the classroom, dropping off the cards and small bits of candy in one-by-one.
In a report that Schaurer sent home with her students, she wrote, “My favorite part of Christmas is the love that seems to be flowing through the air … But if we are still and quiet and watch, we will notice that there are many people we know just trying to survive the holiday. For whatever reason, they are hurting more than rejoicing. Maybe they are lonely, battling an illness or injury, or grieving the loss of a loved one.
“I was thinking of what we could do in our (second) grade world to brighten the day of someone whose life seems a little dark right now.”
Schaurer went on to explain the beginning of a new class tradition, one where students fill a bag with cards and small pieces of candy to give to someone else and hopefully bring a little Christmas cheer to their day.
Owen Leistner, a student in the class, showed how he decorated his bag, part of it based a on a story about gingerbread girl. Leistner also had a drawing of the ocean on the back of his bag placed above another drawing of Santa and Rudolph.
Kamryn Gibson, another student in the class, is planning on giving her Christmas bag to her grandmother to brighten up her day. Gibson said that she likes spending time with her grandmother, especially celebrating the holidays with her.
“We go there for the holidays,” Gibson said. “We always get presents.”
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