'Santa Class' a lesson in helping others
By the end of last week, most youngsters were probably raring to get out of school, hungry for the holiday break. But not Lara Ernest's fifth-grade class.
Instead of watching the clock last Thursday afternoon, they were patiently, quietly folding clothes, sorting toys and placing books on shelves. As they went about their work, their faces were serious with concentration. Their little thrift shop, surprisingly well-stocked and located in a trailer behind Jonathan Valley Elementary, is meant to help those in need in their community.
This is "Santa Class," and it was the students' idea entirely. They donated almost all of the stuff and came up with a special, across-the-board price. Money isn't actually accepted here. Instead, for every item someone takes, he or she must promise to do ...