2014-12-22 / Front Page

Brown City students provide Christmas gifts, joy for 100 area children as result of competition


The student shoppers from Brown City High School included seniors on the student council — Tyler Norton, Shaylee Lisiewski and Riley Arthur; National Honor Society seniors Tiffany Dixon, Rachel Brower, Eryn Earl and Clara Hughes and freshmen Gavin Woods and Kayla Workman. The student shoppers from Brown City High School included seniors on the student council — Tyler Norton, Shaylee Lisiewski and Riley Arthur; National Honor Society seniors Tiffany Dixon, Rachel Brower, Eryn Earl and Clara Hughes and freshmen Gavin Woods and Kayla Workman. BROWN CITY — The Christmas spirit of giving was in the air from Dec. 1-8 as the Brown City Junior- Senior High School worked together to bring Christmas cheer to 100 Brown City children. This is 30 more children than ever before.

Since the need was so great this year, the school extended a friendly competition through Dec. 8 between grades to raise money and purchase gifts for children of need in their hometown community. In those six days, fourth-hour classes brought in change, competing with each other for first through third place for high school and for junior high. The annual change competition is a staple at Brown City, raising thousands of dollars each year. This year was no exception, with the grand total reaching $5,619. The school always rallies to help its community.

Top honors at the high School went to Lesley Haxer’s freshmen advanced biology class with $1,450, with Lou Burkowski’s AP calculus kids close behind at $1,055. In third was new teacher Sandi Oligney’s advanced English 10 class with $541.

For the junior high, Cindy Burton’s Advanced Life Science 8 shattered all previous records for junior high with $591. Sara Mata’s Art 7 and Jarrod Waterman’s English 7 each did well with $471 and $459 respectively.

Groups sponsoring the change drive were the Student Community Organization and Student Council led by Amy Ford and National Honor Society led by Corinne Harnden. These sponsors, along with nine students and Haxer went shopping in Port Huron on Dec. 11. Additional shopping occurred at Port Huron and in Saginaw over the weekend to complete the huge task. The presents were wrapped by the students and by Kim Evans and organized by Lynn Czap and Jennifer Crake.

“The organization of this undertaking is tremendous and a big thank you goes out to Jennifer Crake for all her hard work. We are so proud of our community and the way they see the need and are here to help,” said Ford. “This year saw more need than ever before and when the kids saw that, they responded. It was not just about winning the competition, it was about helping our community. Our schools sees that when everyone gives just a little, the result is great. Brown City is blessed to have a community spirit like this.”

Harnden commented, “It was truly a school wide effort and we could not be more proud of our students and staff. A big thank you to Kohl’s in Port Huron and in Saginaw and JC Penny in Saginaw for once again helping us out. It must be intimidating to see 20 carts full of toys and clothes roll through.”

Haxer, who is always a great motivator of her students, was blown away by the generosity of her fourth hour this year. “The students really got what this is all about and really went above and beyond anything we have seen previously. I am so proud of them,” she said.

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