Students and staff help families at Thanksgiving

Girls on the Run: Nora Langdon, Olivia Murray, Morgan Hahn, Riley Herrick, Sophie Gryske, Meghan Dailey, Mrs. Laurie Krause, Sarah Dollak, Bethany Peifer, Kaylin Nesbitt ; Grace Roth

Students at DeForest Area School District are learning important life lessons to help people in need and make a difference in this world. Recently, several student groups and staff members made Thanksgiving just a little brighter for local families.

Thanksgiving dinners

Students at Yahara Elementary School delivered Thanksgiving dinner boxes to 11 Yahara and Morrisonville families. Funds for the dinners came from a bake sale hosted by Girls on the Run, as well as donations made by YES and MES staff.

Each box included a 14 pound turkey, 10 pounds of potatoes, a gallon of milk, three cans of vegetables, stuffing mix, cake and frosting mixes, dinner rolls, gravy, jello, cool whip and a box of cereal.

High school students support troops and domestic abuse shelter

Students in the high school Spanish Club sponsored two holiday drives. One was a collection/card writing campaign for troops serving overseas. This project was coordinated through the AT&T Pioneer H.O.M.E. Project with help from the DeForest Family Support group that works with local families who have soldiers overseas.

Students assembled care packages with non-perishable items, including holiday gifts, cards and decorations, donated by fellow students and staff.  They also wrote personal letters to troops thanking them for their service.

The other holiday drive was a collection for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services. Students and staff donated food and goods to help keep the shelter running and to make a difference in the lives of adults and children affected by domestic violence

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