BY MARY BATCHELDER

Students at Miller's Run School After School program, called Kingdom After School Kids, are making wreaths for people to get at the Sheffield Community Food Shelf for the holiday. The wreaths are to bring some holiday cheer to those who can't afford them and who can't make them. Students say they are having fun with this activity. Sixth-grader Tyler Aiken said that he likes the smell.

"I like the decorations and colors," said Sabrina Batchelder.

"I like to decorate them because it is fun," said Karen Powers. Wreath making has been a popular hands-on pastime for the students.

After school program director Rachel Bickford reflected a moment on why she likes to lead wreath making activities with after school students.

"I started doing wreaths when I was eight," Rachel said, explaining how she was taught by her Gram Johnson in Lyndon. "It seemed like a lot of work, but I liked doing things with my Gram. She was a very busy lady."

It is good for the kids to learn how to make something and to be able to donate it to the community using the resources grew up in Rachel said. The author, seventh-grader Mary Batchelder, says she likes the spirit of Christmas where we get to give instead of get.

This article was submitted by Mary Batchelder, a seventh grader at Miller's Run School in Sheffield, who also writes for the Miller's Run after school program newspaper, The Dragon Review.

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