Spreading Christmas cheer
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Henry Desrosiers, director of the Carbon County Veterans Affairs office, right, accepts a homemade wreath from Annabella Redline and Dakota Naimon, two students from the fourth-grade class of Leo O'Donnell, left. Annabella's father is currently deployed, while Dakota's brother is in the military.
Students at L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe want to bring a little Christmas cheer to veterans and senior citizens in nursing homes.
Recently, the school competed in a wreath decorating contest.
Each class was allowed to create a wreath using whatever theme the students decided on.
David McAndrew, assistant principal at the school, explained that some students chose veteran themes, while others chose holidays and other themes.
The winner of the contest was Wes Holmes' fourth-grade class, whose wreath theme was "Christmas Under the Sea." The class received a pizza party.
Following the contest, the wreaths were donated to nursing homes and the Carbon County Veterans Affairs office.
Henry Desrosiers, director of the county veterans affairs, said that the wreath he received from Leo O'Donnell's fourth-grade class was taken to the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Hospital, where it will be displayed.
The wreath's theme was "A Christmas Visitor," based on the 2002 movie about a family who opened their home and their heart to a young man after losing their son in the Persian Gulf War.
Desrosiers said that the wreath was very much appreciated.