Thank You To The Community

Thank You to the Community for Supporting Angle Oak and Frierson Holiday Shop

The Angel Oak Elementary School PTA and Edith Frierson Elementary School PTA would like to express heartfelt thanks to the Seabrook and Kiawah communities for your generous gifts to their joint Holiday Shop.

The project would not have been possible without the many generous donations of cash, goods and volunteer hours from the community members. The feedback from parents, staff, and students was very positive and we plan to continue the third Holiday Shop again in December of 2020.

The Holiday Shop served as a fundraiser for the Angel Oak Elementary and Edith Frierson Elementary Schools’ PTA and was conducted the week of December 9, 2019, at both elementary schools. Students were provided a chance to shop for a wrapped gift for a loved one and to also choose one for themself. The intent of the shop was to provide good quality, gently used and/or new items for the students. For many, this was the first time to experience the fun of shopping and the joy of gift-giving. The experience was coordinated with the student’s math and language arts teacher.

This activity is important because both Angel Oak and Frierson Elementary Schools are Title 1 Schools with approximately 70% to 90% of the children from families at or below the poverty level. Consequently, some families could not otherwise provide funds for the shopping experience. Due to the generous contribution of our community, all children were able to shop with funds in hand.

If you are interested in participating in the 2020 Holiday Shop, you can volunteer, make monetary contributions and/or donate items.  Plans are underway to include all 3 Elementary Schools on the Wadmalaw and Johns Island. Information on next year’s plans will be provided in the coming months on Tidelines. Gently used and/or new donations will be accepted all year.

You can contact Barbara Griffin at griffib@clemson.edu for more information. You may also drop off donated items at the Ice Cream Shop at Bohicket Marina. All profits from the Christmas Shop will go to fund educational programs during the school year.

-Submitted by Barbara Griffin

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