The Cherry Brook Primary School has had a very busy November, with many community oriented events. CBPS is committed to the community, and strongly believes in teaching children to be charitable in an effort to instill strong values for their entire life. During the month of November, the students donated their Halloween candy, participated in a ceremony and performance for our nation’s veterans, prepared the Mitten Tree, and contributed to various collections that would benefit the Canton Food Bank.
For many years, Physical Education Teachers Bill Phelps and Steve O’Meara have coordinated efforts for CBPS to collect extra Halloween candy to donate to charity. This year was no different! In prior years, CBPS sent the candy to their sister school in Missouri, local children’s hospitals, soldiers in Iraq, and other places. This year they worked with the Canton Valley Dental Group, who sent 150 pounds of candy to various organizations. So next year when you find yourself with a lot of extra Halloween candy, bring it to CPBS! What better way to encourage charity, and maybe even help prevent cavities, not to mention calories, at the same time!
Having school on Veteran’s Day helped CBPS to recognize what veterans have done for our country. The children of CBPS worked very hard to prepare for the annual Veteran’s Day celebration. They were eager to perform for the men and women who have served our country. In addition, children made decorations, and families of CBPS prepared food for a reception following the celebration.
The CBPS annual Mitten Tree is now on display! Students enjoy bringing in Children’s hats, gloves and mittens to decorate the tree. On Dec. 16, the items will be collected and given to various local charities such as the Canton Food Bank, and distributed to local families in need. The mitten tree will continue to be on display at CBPS in the hallway across from the media center.
These are just a few ways that the CBPS family helps their community. In addition to these events, CBPS also participated in the Jack Bannan Turkey Trot, collected books for the Lion’s Club, and regularly holds staff ‘jean’s day’ for The American Heart Association and Gifts of Love.
Bill Phelps, who helped to coordinate the Halloween Candy Drive stated, “CBPS does so many things for the community. It’s what makes CBPS a very special place to work, and it makes you feel good to know we are hopefully enstilling these values for the next generation.” As an indication that this is potentially true, Kiara Rondon, a third grader in Mrs. Tarnowicz’s class said, “I like that the school helps people. It’s really cool. We are like a family and families help out others.”