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The Santa Claus of Scott Central Public School

Grade 7 student spends over $300 of his Christmas money on gifts for Durham families

​Scott Central PS student Michael spent over $300 of his own money to make another Durham Region family’s Christmas special.
Scott Central PS student Michael spent
over $300 of his own money to make another Durham Region family’s
Christmas special.

"I was blown away by his recent act of charity, compassion, and selflessness," says Kari-Lea Wiche, a teacher at Scott Central Public School in Sandford.

Michael is a Grade 7 student who is new to Scott Central PS this year.

He surprised his whole school when he asked solely for money from his family for Christmas. Why? So that he could buy gifts for the Durham Region family in-need that was assigned to his classroom. Michael bought gifts for all nine family members in his assigned family.

"This is our third year donating to Adopt-A-Family Durham," explains Rachel Kay, a teacher at Scott Central PS and organizer of the donations. She adds, "This year we donated to 10 families. Each family has a varying number of members. The intermediate classes combined efforts to help a family of nine people."

The classes received a wish list from each family member, which included things such as: clothing of various sizes, household needs, gifts from Santa Claus, and gift cards for grocery stores.

"I was stunned when I came into our classroom to find gift bags for all nine members of our family, filled to the brim with the items on their wish lists, with gift receipts organized and stapled to each bag," says Wiche.

Michael got the idea from talking to his mother, "I told her about the donations and she came up with it. I thought it was a great idea." So, he emailed his own family members and they responded with donations ranging from $25 to $50.

In total Michael spent over $300 to help make another family's Christmas a little bit brighter.

Michael adds, "I know what it feels like to open gifts and I wanted other children to feel that happiness too."



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