Cold Hands, Warm Hearts

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Reinhard first-graders in Cathy Schriver’s class became motivated to host a mitten tree collection after reading Candice Christiansen’s “The Mitten Tree.” The class collaborated with first- and second-grade classrooms to collect 60 mittens, which were donated to the Family Service League’s scarf, hat, mitten, glove and sock collection. 

Not only did the students learn about the importance of giving to those less fortunate in the community, the activity reinforced math and writing skills. Students charted the number of mittens collected by each classroom and determined the total number collected. They also discussed how leaders help others in the community and wrote an opinion piece on whether wearing gloves or mittens was preferred.