Students redeem good behavior tokens for holiday gifts; items donated by community members

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Donna Spitz, left, helps wrap gifts for Jaedyn Maller and Kaitlin Dahla during the Scappoose Middle School Holiday Feather Bazaar on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Spitz, who is librarian' Cindy Krieck's sister, also donated 60 hand-made crochet hats and beanies for the bazaar,
Scappoose Middle School students participated in the school's annual "Holiday Feather Bazaar" this week, trading tokens for good behavior earned during the school year to purchase holiday gifts for family and friends.

The program, which is largely supported by a core group of volunteers and donations from the community, is an annual tradition and gives students the opportunity to purchase gifts by using feather tokens as currency.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Volunteer Gail Sykes, left, monitors gift tables while a group of students peruse the selection of items available to purchase. Students were able to choose from dozens of items at varying prices.Throughout the fall, students receive the feathers when they are recognized as being safe, respectful and responsible. Librarian City Krieck said many students don't have the opportunity or resources to purchase gifts for family and friends otherwise.

Items for the bazaar were donated by community members, staff members, and staff members' families. Krieck's sister, Donna Spitz, who helped volunteer at the bazaar, donated 60 hand-made crocheted hats for students to purchase.

Another major donor this year was the Scappoose City Council. The council contributed more than $1,700 from the city's community enhancement grant program. Last year, the council also donated financially, but this year's contribution doubled that figure, Krieck said.

All students were given the chance to shop this week and were able to select from a variety of gifts, including snack items, gift cards, plants, fuzzy blankets, handmade hats, books and more.

A gift-wrapping station was set up in the library to help students place the finishing touches on their Holiday Feather Bazaar purchases.

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