Students Help Needy Children through Everest Academy Giving Tree

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Students from Everest Academy, a private Catholic elementary school in Lemont, continued their tradition of helping the less fortunate, sick, and needy through their Giving Tree, a project led by the 7th and 8th graders. Participation included Everest students in every grade from preschool through middle school.

Student leaders organize Giving Tree Project at Everest Academy of Lemont

At Everest Academy we strive to teach our students from a young age to think of others and their needs. The Giving Tree has been an excellent way to foster this generous and selfless spirit among our students.

Students from Everest Academy, a private Catholic school in Lemont, continued their tradition of helping the less fortunate, sick, and needy through their Giving Tree project led by the 7th and 8th grade students. Participation in the project included Everest students in every grade from preschool through middle school. Brother Brett Tiara, L.C., Formation Instructor and Head of Apostolic Service for the Middle School at Everest, guided the students through the project. Over 100 gifts were provided for needy boys and girls in the area. The gifts were distributed to families in need in Lemont, as well as sick children in surrounding hospitals, in cooperation with the local Earl Anderson Foundation. The children’s donations of new clothes, games or toys, were also delivered to United Cerebral Palsy and Helping Hands in Homer Glen. Mrs. Carrie Lemming of Lemont was Santa's helper, delivering the donations to those in need during the holiday season.

The upper grade students decorated a Christmas giving tree at the school, filled with tags indicating a suggested gift item for a boy or a girl. Kamil Zaborski, a 7th grader from Romeoville, Jack Zabilka, a 7th grader from Lemont, and eighth graders Mercedes Patterson and Angelo Mollo of Lemont, were part of the team that lead the students in the Giving Tree Project. Children of every grade at the school, including preschool, voluntarily participated by taking a tag, purchasing a gift, and returning it under the tree. " It was very moving to see the students excited about the gifts they were bringing in," declared Ms. Molly Maher, Everest Dean of Students. "A girl from Pre-K 4 couldn't wait to buy her favorite stuffed animal for another girl her age. At Everest Academy we strive to teach our students from a young age to think of others and their needs. The Giving Tree project has been an excellent way to foster this generous and selfless spirit among our students. "

Everest Academy is an independent Roman Catholic school in Lemont educating children from preschool through eighth grade. The teachers and staff are dedicated to forming the whole child by providing the highest level of academics, by building strong character, and by preparing generous leaders ready to serve the community. To learn more about Everest Academy’s unique approach to education, please contact Coleen Mast at 630-243-1995 or visit http://www.everestadvantage.org.

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