The PM Giving Tree Branches out to give Joy to Local Families

It’s the time of the evergreen trees.  The time of decorations and song.  The time of giving.

The Student Council of Penn Manor High School has joined with Penn Manor’s Twilight students to help contribute to families in need this holiday season.

In these difficult financial times there are plenty of families with children in the district who may be low on funds for the holidays. Student Council members and Twilight students intend to make the season a little brighter for many families.

The Giving Tree at Penn Manor

Just a few weeks ago, a Christmas tree was put into the library and the Twilight students decorated the tree by putting on lights and tags.  Specific needs and sizes for each member of a family is written on the tag.  Contributors can pull the tags off the tree and buy the gift written on the specific tag.

This is the third year that Student Council has helped the families all over the district and each year has been successful. The club works with a school social worker who keeps the list of families who need gifts.

Students, faculty, families and friends are all being encouraged to participate this year.

Social studies teachers, Maria Vita and Rich Brenton, who are also student council advisers, have decided to award each participant with one hour of community service or in a senior’s case, they will offer an extra hour of volunteer service if a student takes a tag and buys a gift.

The Young Humanitarian Club also has helped out by donating $500 of their club’s money to the effort.

By Sarah Gordon