Spreading holiday cheer at Scappoose Middle School
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.
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.