HOLDEN, Mass. — Students from Leicester Middle School's Peer Leadership group presented a check for $1,621 to the Giving Tree of St. Joseph and St. Pius X on Wednesday to help purchase Christmas gifts for Leicester children in need.
Each year the peer leaders hold a "Nickels for St. Nicholas" fundraiser, with the group decorating coffee-cans and setting them up in homerooms to collect funds.
According to Kathleen Warnken, guidance counselor at the middle school, as incentive, the homeroom that raises the most funds gets their choice of either a pizza party or ice cream party.
By scrounging for change under car-mats or breaking into their allowances, the middle school students were able to raise the large sum of money to further help kids on the Giving Tree list receive gifts this Christmas.
Continuing the spirit of giving, guidance counselor Mike Vaughan said the students also visited the senior center Wednesday morning to give them Candy Cane favors made for Thursday's senior Christmas Party.
The students also sang holiday songs under the direction of middle school music teacher Ann Edmond.