Small Hands, Big Hearts: Early Childhood Mitten Drive

The school’s youngest learners, the three-to-five-year-olds in the Early Childhood program, recently concluded a two-week mitten drive, in which they collected 125 pairs of gloves and mittens, 45 hats, 20 scarves, six ear warmers, two winter coats and one pair of snow pants. The donations were collected on a mitten tree in the entryway to the Lower School. Kindergarteners pitched in by sorting and counting the items.
 
Prior to hosting the mitten drive, the students read The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen. Lower School Director Honor Taft noted, "Community service in the Lower School is always part of a larger focus on character education. Through the book and the chance to host a mitten drive, the children learned about generosity, but also integrity. The book’s message is about doing the right thing—the kind thing—even if no one is watching."
 
Once the mittens had been collected and sorted, the children colored pictures of mittens, which will be included with the donations. The mittens will be distributed through the Boys’ and Girls’ Club.
 
Over the course of the year, each grade in the Lower School takes ownership for a different community service project as they learn about being good community members.
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Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.