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Eliska Alderson | Field trip to the food bank makes Christmas special

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Marta Guerrero’s fourth-grade students at Lincoln Elementary School prepare stockings for local kids. (Provided photo)

What started out as a simple idea turned into a big adventure and wonderful learning experience for Marta Guerrero’s fourth-grade students at Lincoln Elementary School.

During the month of December, students explored ideas on how they could help make Christmas special for some local area children.

The class decided to make and fill Christmas stockings. The original plan was that each student would make a fill a stocking which they could donate to a local area charity.

As the class began to work on the stockings, their excitement grew and so did the number of stockings. In total the class made and filled over 80 stockings which they packed with candy and small toys such as cars, books, dolls, coloring books and Play-Doh.

On Thursday, the class took a field trip to the Wenatchee Food Bank where the kids handed out the stockings to some of the younger children as their parents visited the food bank.

What an experience for the kids! What a difference the stockings made to so many young children. The smiles on the faces of the students as they handed out the stockings were just as big as the smiles on the faces of the children who received them.

The Wenatchee Food Bank was thrilled to have the children visit. Not only were the students able to get a first-hand insight to the workings of the Wenatchee Food Bank, but also the chance to experience how a little act of caring can impact others.

Eliska Alderson is the communications liaison for the Wenatchee Food Bank. The food bank is located at 504 Chelan Avenue in the Wenatchee Community Center.