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Hundreds of students and staff stand shoulder-to-shoulder to give

Students expand over a long line around a bend.

LONE TREE - Each December, every student from kindergarten to sixth-grade at Acres Green Elementary forms a line nearly one mile in length down Maximus Drive in Lone Tree, from the doors of the school to the doors of the Lone Tree ARC donation center, creating an assembly line of giving. Hand-to-hand, items collected for donation are passed through everyone until it reaches the ARC.

Sixth-grade student, Lauren Markwell says, “this is for people who need help, especially on days like today. It’s cold out here and our donation will help people who don’t have the items they need.”

Students passing donated items through the line.      One girl passing a bag of donated items to another.

Boy with reflective jacket carrying bags of donated items along a snowy sidewalk.

Teachers and administrators from Acres Green, volunteers, South Metro Firefighters and ARC staff additionally join the students in line to help deliver the bags of clothes, shoes and other household items.

“This is amazing. It's nice to see them all together and working as team. I’ve never seen this many kids in one place – not running around,” says ARC Employee, John Dana.

Another ARC employee, Philip Yankton said, “It's teaching these kids a good moral value. I think it's showing them how to care about each other and reach out in the community. Today is a good day.”

Arc staff collect donated items at their truck.

In all, hundreds of items were collected and donated to ARC. Sixth-grader, Jaymason Collins says, “It makes people appreciate what they have because there are lots of people who don’t have what we have and this is helping them.”

The experience gave students a firsthand look at what it means to be a community and come together with the plan and idea of helping those who are less fortunate this holiday season.

Group of students standing in front of fire engine with South Metro firefighters




December 14, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: Acres Green Elementary School, Elementary Education

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