Students in Brittany Slingerland’s special education class at Shaker High School created a variety of crafts throughout the past several weeks to raise funds for Adopt-a-Family.
In November, they made and sold turkeys for Thanksgiving to purchase food and gift certificates to Price Chopper for local families in need. In December, they made snowmen decorations, cocoa packets in the shape of reindeer and holiday wreaths to sell to teachers, students and staff.
Taking the funds they raised, the students then visited the mall to shop for items such as clothing, warm hats and toys for area families to have during the holidays.
Slingerland said the shopping trip provided students an opportunity to practice life skills. “This project is great because when the students are making wreaths and wrapping gifts, it helps reinforce their OT [occupational therapy] skills. When they sell the turkeys and snowmen during school, they practice their communications skills,” she said. “Then, when we go to the mall to shop, they interact with sales people and cashiers, which helps them practice their money and communication skills.”
The class raised funds to help make the holidays brighter for several local families this year.