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Jefferson School’s First Grade “Giving Tree”


Jefferson School’s First Grade “Giving Tree”


Roxbury, NJ (January 5, 2017) – First-grade students and staff at Jefferson Elementary School collected hats, gloves, and socks for Roxbury Social Services during the month of December. 

Staff and students donated items and place their names on our school “Giving Tree” in the hallway. The generous donations were collected in three large boxes that were delivered to Roxbury Social Services for those in need. 

This act of service closely connects to the idea in the book, The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen. 

“Our goal was not only to provide a service to our community,” explained Ms. Carmel Gulla, a paraprofessional at the school, “but to also encourage the children to experience the joy of giving!” 

The students that donated most definitely felt this based on the wide smiles on their faces. 

“It was nice that we collected a lot of things for people,” shared first grader, Ryan Valentine. 

PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Jefferson School)

Jefferson Giving Tree (pictured left to right) – Teachers: Brittany Tiger, Barbara Derrick, Erica Iuvone, Christina Green, Carmel Gulla, and Kristina Graba. Students: Julianna Campbell, Danielle Fletcher, Sienna Fletcher, Ryan Valentine, James Wilkes, Matthew Sellitto, Amelia Pavese, Shailyn Jarvis, Braydon Adkins, and Kinlee Danielson. 


For more information, contact: Roxbury Community Relations coordinator Ann Rhodes at or 973-584-7699. 


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