2017-12-24 / Insight

‘Small, large acts of giving’

NBAS, businesses and public come together to assist local children
BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com

NORTH BRANCH — The holiday spirit is alive and well in small towns. The North Branch Area Schools district, along with local businesses and members of the public, came together to assist 31 families who reside in the NBAS district, positively affecting approximately 80 children, as well as charitable organizations like Paradise Animal Rescue and the North Branch Food Pantry.

Donations were received from many sources both in the NBAS district and beyond. Several NBAS teachers held money and gift collections in their classrooms, and the North Branch Elementary Kids Helping Kids program, a second-grade led initiative, collected four pickup truckloads of food and goods for the North Branch Food Pantry. The holiday giving was also given a boost by the Deerfield Township Shop with a Hero event as well as Church’s Lumber and North Branch Bar and Grill. Various anonymous families also contributed money, gift cards and gifts that were distributed to families in need.

The North Branch area has enjoyed spirited giving in years past, but this year, the various NBAS buildings and age levels decided to join together. “Every year we help out families throughout the district, but we have typically done it by building and it’s been a bit fragmented. This year we started talking at our administrative meetings about working together as a district and coordinating efforts to maximize the assistance to families,” said North Branch Elementary Asst. Principal Dane Terauds. “We feel like we were able to help out many family in the past, but this year we were able to help out even more.”

According to Terauds, the holiday giving fits perfectly with the values North Branch Elementary instills in its students. “At the elementary, our Core Essential Value this month has been ‘generosity.’ And with that focus, we have seen a lot of small and large acts of giving,” he said. “There were also many more acts of generosity throughout the building and district, to make another’s day. We are really proud of our staff, students and community.”

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