On Wednesday, Nov. 7 students at Union Intermediate School participated in the Operation Christmas Child project.
Each student in Brittany Smith’s fourth grade class packed a shoebox full of items to send overseas to children in other countries. The shoeboxes included items such as small toys and school supplies as well as letters that Mrs. Smith’s students wrote to the children who will be receiving the boxes.
Smith said she had wanted to teach responsibility, thankfulness and gratitude to her students but because it was not part of the “curriculum,” she had to find a different way to do it.
“We have been talking about third world countries and how a lot of other children their age have it a lot worse than they (Union students) do. My students do not come from high income families as it is, but it was so amazing to see how much they wanted to help to donate their things and new things to Operation Christmas Child. With a lot of hard work, we were able to make 20 boxes (one per student) to donate to Operation Christmas Child so that 20 students will be able to have a Christmas. I was in awe seeing how God was working through me to reach my students and how He was working through them to donate to the boxes,” Smith said.
Inside the boxes students included a few toys but mostly toothpaste, toothbrushes, school supplies, the letters to the children, and my students all inc
This was an exciting and memorable outreach project that allowed the students to understand how such a simple gift can send a powerful message of love and kindness, Smith noted.