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WDC pupils conduct pajama drive for Hurricane Sandy victims

The second- and fourth-grade classes at Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School recently held a pajama drive for children affected by Hurricane Sandy. These classrooms collected 100 pairs of pajamas for children in need.

This Christmas, instead of purchasing gifts for teachers and a gift exchange among classmates, the second- and fourth-grade teachers encouraged students to participate in this drive.

“We are all very well aware of the needs, particularly on the East Coast, that many children and entire families are facing this fall. This is an awesome opportunity for our children to learn to give back, especially after so many communities and agencies gave to us in 2010 after the tornado,” said Kali Matthiesen, second-grade teacher, who was joined by second-grade teachers Vicki Smith and Carol Tornquist, along with fourth-grade teachers Jeff Mehl, Jason Mielke, Gina Sperling and Chelsey Weiss in this pajama drive.

“The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive” is sponsored by Scholastic Book Club and is a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need around the United States that live in shelters, group homes and orphanages. Currently, the program is specifically helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The 100 pairs of pajamas collected by WDC were matched with a donation by Carter’s Inc. In addition, Scholastic Book Clubs donated one children’s book for every pair of pajamas donated.

To reward WDC students, teachers will organize a party or special activities this holiday season. The second- and fourth-grade teachers thanked everyone who helped share the gift of a good night’s sleep and a bedtime story to children in need.

“We hope that this type of giving, rather than the usual gift exchange, will help to not only make this Christmas a little warmer for those in need, but also to help our children’s hearts grow as they discover the joy of giving,” Matthiesen said.

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