An English language arts lesson quickly turned into a community service project as first-grade students in Amanda Kowalski’s, Dawn McCardell’s and Cathy Schriver’s classes at Reinhard collected new mittens and gloves for their Mitten Tree.
The teachers read Candace Christiansen’s “The Mitten Tree” about a woman named Sarah who knitted mittens for a boy she saw at the bus stop each day. Sarah noticed that the boy could not play in the snow because he had no mittens.
After discussions about the story, the students became inspired to collect mittens and gloves for students in need. The donations were displayed on a mitten tree bulletin board in the hall and will be donated to local charities over the holidays.