spirit of Christmas giving was alive and well in the cafeteria of
Cleveland Elementary School on Friday, December 5. The children of
Cleveland and Northeast Wisconsin Montessori Schools showed up amass
with dollars clutched in their hands, many of which were hard-earned by
performing household chores, to purchase holiday gifts for their moms,
dads, grandparents and siblings.
Cleveland Holiday Shoppe provided students with the opportunity to
choose gifts for loved ones at minimal prices ranging from $.50 to $5.
To stock the store, staff and PTA members had been purchasing
well-priced items over the course of the year so that students could
afford to choose something special.
while choosing a special gift for his Mom, exclaimed, "She will love
it!" as he happily tucked it into his shopping basket.
children opted for the barbeque and golf accessories for Dad, with
jewelry and glassware for Mom. Students and parents could also
purchase baked goods from the PTA and "Toad Abodes" hand painted by the
Cleveland Elementary Garden Club members. By the end of the evening
gifts were chosen, wrapped and ready for Christmas morning.
the affordable options some children even had money left over to
purchase a toy for themselves. Special thanks to Kris Mahler,
chairperson for this year's event, and to the staff and PTA of