My students’ projects

My Advisory students have organized a community holidy giving project.

Today was exciting because ABC channel 4 showed up to film our project and do interviews with me and my students. Since I don’t watch TV I’m not sure if we got on, but others were watching for it and will let me know I’m sure.

I have photos below of today’s activities.

City Academy, the school where I teach, has launched the second annual “Giving Tree” Project. The School will be collecting these new/nearly new items to be distributed to the needy in the Salt Lake Community:
* mittens
* gloves
* scarves
* sweaters
* socks
* earmuffs
* stockings (Stuffed with soap, combs, hairbrushes, toothbrushes, floss and paste, etc.)
* small toys (Small stuffed animals, etc.)
* candy
All items should be brought to the school between December 5 and 15 – 2416 East 1700 South. Donations will also be collected at the City Academy Holiday Follies.

The recipient will be Hildegarde’s Pantry at the Jubilee Center, a project of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City and that caters to the low-income and homeless.

– by Shel Silverstein

Once there was a giving tree who loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come to play
Swinging from the branches, sleeping in the shade
Laughing all the summer’s hours away.
And so they love,
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

But soon the boy grew older and one day he came and said,
“Can you give me some money, tree, to buy something I’ve found?”
“I have no money,” said the tree, “Just apples, twigs and leaves.”
“But you can take my apples, boy, and sell them in the town.”
And so he did and
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

But soon again the boy came back and he said to the tree,
“I’m now a man and I must have a house that’s all my home.”
“I can’t give you a house” he said, “The forest is my house.”
“But you may cut my branches off and build yourself a home”
And so he did.
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

And time went by and the boy came back with sadness in his eyes.
“My life has turned so cold,” he says, “and I need sunny days.”
“I’ve nothing but my trunk,” he says, “But you can cut it down
And build yourself a boat and sail away.”
And so he did and
Oh, the tree was happy.
Oh, the tree was glad.

And after years the boy came back, both of them were old.
“I really cannot help you if you ask for another gift.”
“I’m nothing but an old stump now. I’m sorry but I’ve nothing more to give”
“I do not need very much now, just a quiet place to rest,”
The boy, he whispered, with a weary smile.
“Well”, said the tree, “An old stump is still good for that.”
“Come, boy”, he said, “Sit down, sit down and rest a while.”
And so he did and
Oh, the tree was happy.

Oh, the tree was glad.

For all other performances, the cost of an evening at the Follies is $15 per adult and $6 per child under 12. The show will entertain and lighten the heart of every family member from young to old. Tickets are on sale now through the Follies Box Office phone line at 801-688-6617. All proceeds from this event benefit City Academy students and their programs.

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