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East Grand Middle School Partners with Shining Stars Foundation

A Toy Drive for Shining Stars children and their families was held at East Grand Middle School in the 7th grade pod on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2010.

Seventh graders generously showed their spirit of giving and brought new and gently used toys to wrap and decorate to give to the Stars. Joan Rohloff, science and health teacher at EGMS commented, “I’m overwhelmed at the response from these great kids!”

Earlier this season on Saturday, Dec. 4, eight students from East Grand Middle School baked and sold goodies and wrapped presents at the Country Ace Hardware in Granby to raise money for the Shining Stars Foundation. The students had received an “Awareness Education” presentation by Cookie Ready, director of outreach programs, about children with cancer and life threatening diseases.

The students wanted to give something back to the Foundation to help the Stars and their families. Participants included Will Colley, Ian Carver, Mark Simmons, Kyle Ciccarelli, Christopher Ciccarelli, Nelson Mitchell, Croix Frank and Avery Steinberg.

The Shining Stars Foundation provides year-round recreation, sport and outreach programs for children with cancer or a life-threatening disease. These children and families suffer financial devastation due to the high cost of cancer and other treatments and appreciate the thoughtfulness of the East Grand Middle School students who have made their Christmas brighter.

The Tabernash-based Shining Stars Foundation hosted a holiday party on Dec. 18 to hand out the toys to over 80 Shining Stars kids and their families who also enjoyed fun holiday snacks and pictures with Santa.

Plans are being made to give these 7th graders an opportunity to share the Christmas spirit with the Stars again next year.

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