Some area students brightened the holiday for the less fortunate today, and in the process they also learned a real-life lesson… it's better to give than to receive. As a community service lesson, fourth graders from Carolina Beach Elementary School visited the Good Shepherd Shelter in Wilmington on Wednesday, and they came bearing gifts. For the past month, the students have been collecting goods to donate to shelter residents. Auri Scherider, one CBE 4th grader said, "It was also working with the other students in our class and you just know that you are going to help someone a lot for Christmas." Fellow student Justin Balderson explained, "I feel good because I know that they didn't have a lot of stuff and we would be giving them more stuff." Along with personalized gift bags filled with necessities like socks and soap, each student also handed out Christmas cards and played Christmas carols on hand bells. The residents had no choice but to join in.... Fourth grade teacher Jennifer Holmes said, “They felt really good about it, to do something for other citizens in our community who are less fortunate and need help with certain things." The day was more than just a field trip away from school. The trip to the shelter came with a lesson about helping others.
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