Learning Curve- Northeast Students Organizing 'Christmas Jar' Miracle


Tisthe season for giving and once again Northeast will be participating in theirannual ‘Christmas Jar' Project. Students at Northeast will be reading anddiscussing "Penny's Christmas Jars Miracle", a story of a young girlwho gets a whole neighborhood involved in her plan for her ChristmasJars.

Northeast fifth graders will be visiting each classroom to explainthe story of the "Christmas Jars" and leave a decorated jar.Students will have the opportunity to bring spare change in order to fill theirclass's jar from December 3 - 21. "Northeast Elementary has 440students," said Terrie Maloley, Counselor. "So if we all work together,we can do great things."

Accordingto Maloley, the jars will be donated to the Kearney Cancer Center and given toa patient and his/her family. Representatives from the Cancer Center willbe at the December 21 Northeast sing-a-long to accept the Christmas Jar andshare how the gift will impact this family. Last year Northeast Elementarydonated $1,500 through the Christmas Jar campaign.

Fifthgrade student, Nolan Eatherton, is head of the Media Committee for theproject. According to Eatherton, a Community Christmas Jar will belocated at the Northeast Elementary office in case the Kearney community wouldlike to participate in the project. The students also want to encourageother people to do Christmas Jar Acts on their own. "It's all aboutfamilies doing community service by donating extra change, like the change inyour pocket or couch cushions," he explained. "Every penny counts." Eatherton encouraged families or businesses around the community togive anonymously because ‘..the whole point is to give without anyreturn.'

Thestudents have translated the book into "kindergarten" language for the youngerstudents. Starting Monday, December 3, the Christmas Jar committeemembers will be visiting all the Northeast classrooms to read the book andexplain the promotion. Students will be making a video for their websiteand Facebook pages as well.