Ellis Lower School students are giving back this season with their annual mitten drive. Each December, students in grade 3 start the winter season by inviting the Ellis community to decorate their mitten tree in the Lower School lobby. Students ask friends and family to collect warm clothing, such as gloves, hats, scarves, and mittens to donate to local families in need.
In addition to asking their families and friends, grade 3 students visit Lower School classrooms to explain the idea behind the mitten tree to their peers. Students practice their leadership, public speaking, and collaboration skills as they urge fellow Lower School girls to donate and join the cause.
Once all donations have been collected, students decorate the boxes that transport the items to the Salvation Army in Homewood with festive winter wishes and cheer. Recognizing the importance of helping families in need this holiday season, Didi Bobo, Class of 2027, says, “it makes us feel good to help other people and keep them warm with the clothes we collect!”
The mitten tree in the Lower School provides an opportunity for each student to be active in the local community in a thoughtful and age-appropriate way this winter season. By helping local families in need, our youngest students learn the importance of compassion, kindness, and charity. This year’s mitten tree drive lasts through December 18, all donations can be dropped off in the Lower School lobby.