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Many in the school say it is the best day of the year. Volunteers and staff have spent countless hours collecting new or gently used gifts and transforming a section of the school into a holiday store.

The last week before winter break, more than 500 Dalhousie students got the chance to visit the shop and select gifts for their parents, siblings or a special adult in their life.

"It is beautiful to watch. There is just that look in their eyes," shares school resource teacher Carol Townsley. "Everyone loves to give and kids are often the receivers. There is just something about allowing them to come in and pick out what they want. No one saying they have to choose this or that. They get a chance to pick on their own and think of the person, then get the gift wrapped."

Community members and even parents of Dalhousie teachers volunteered to individually wrap each gift. One by one, students pick out wrapping paper, bows and personalized tags. For many, in the school with a rich and diverse population, it is the first time they experience this type of holiday tradition.

"We had a newcomer from Syria and he picked out a gift for his mom and dad. He was so happy, he said mama and papa when he held them up."

The hope is that the holiday shop gives students a hands on opportunity to learn more about kindness and giving that they carry with them throughout the year.

A big thank you to everyone who donated gifts and time including the Dalhousie organizing committee of Carol Townsley, Carla Bouchard and Natalie Radchuk.

Dalhousie School's Little Holiday Miracle

Many in the school say it is the best day of the year. Volunteers and staff have spent countless hours collecting new or gently used gifts and transforming a section of the school into a holiday store.

The last week before winter break, more than 500 Dalhousie students got the chance to visit the shop and select gifts for their parents, siblings or a special adult in their life.

"It is beautiful to watch. There is just that look in their eyes," shares school resource teacher Carol Townsley. "Everyone loves to give and kids are often the receivers. There is just something about allowing them to come in and pick out what they want. No one saying they have to choose this or that. They get a chance to pick on their own and think of the person, then get the gift wrapped."

Community members and even parents of Dalhousie teachers volunteered to individually wrap each gift. One by one, students pick out wrapping paper, bows and personalized tags. For many, in the school with a rich and diverse population, it is the first time they experience this type of holiday tradition.

"We had a newcomer from Syria and he picked out a gift for his mom and dad. He was so happy, he said mama and papa when he held them up."

The hope is that the holiday shop gives students a hands on opportunity to learn more about kindness and giving that they carry with them throughout the year.

A big thank you to everyone who donated gifts and time including the Dalhousie organizing committee of Carol Townsley, Carla Bouchard and Natalie Radchuk.

 Dalhousie School's Little Holiday Miracle

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