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What is the true meaning of the holiday? Giving back to the community and sprea…

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What is the true meaning of the holiday? Giving back to the community and spreading joy to those that are in need of it most! Today, eight 5th-grade students from Dos Rios Elementary helped bring a smile to the senior residents of Ashley Manor – Colorado in Evans, Colorado.

Eva Serrano, a language and culture teacher at Dos Rios Elementary, was awarded a grant from The Success Foundation last year for a “Makerspace” area of the school. These Makerspace rooms provide students with a working area for tinkering with tools, building, constructing and collaborating with other students. It was a perfect area for Eva and Lynn Perrich, a retired D6 instructor, to spark student interest and find projects that would help give back to the community.

Since November, a group of students sacrificed outdoor recess time and cut their lunch periods a bit short to learn one valuable life lesson in the Makerspace area – how to sew. With the assistance and guidance of Cornerstone Community Church, these girls worked hard to put together 40 Christmas stockings for donation to the senior living and memory care home. With the help of the Dos Rios Elementary student council and sponsors, they were also able to include goodies in each one that included crosswords, candy and sudoku puzzles.

We are happy to report that they made the walk to Ashley Manor and delivered the stockings to the residences. They spoke to each of the units of the senior living home and wished them a Merry Christmas.

This project was sparked mostly by student interest, but we are lucky to have amazing leadership at Dos Rios Elementary! We are proud to know that our students are making a difference leading into winter break and putting smiles on so many faces in our community!