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SMV Gift Drive 2015 Information

As in previous years, the SMV is preparing to participate in the 2015 Gift Drive in cooperation with the YMCA Youth and Family Services at JoAnne Leleck Elementary School at Broad Acres in Silver Spring, MD. The YMCA facility is located next to the school and supports children in need and their families. The German School SMV has been participating in the Christmas Gift Drive for ten years now. Throughout the school year, students in grades 5-12 organize fundraisers with the goal of raising about $150 which they will then use to buy presents for the children. Each year the YMCA provides us with the children’s wish lists to help us select presents, which are lovingly wrapped. The lower classes will probably need some help from their parents to put this together. For many children these will be the only presents they will receive this Christmas. Usually they will be asking for toys or dearly needed clothing, especially shoes and winter boots. Some of the older children will ask for gift cards; in these cases the YMCA makes sure that the teenagers will have a chance to actually use the cards. Please do not to send any cash. If your class should raise more money, you are welcome to add a gift card for a grocery store.

A big Thank-You! goes out to all teachers, parents and parents’ representatives for their support!

On Monday, November 23, 2015, [C1] we delivered the children’s wish lists to the class rooms, and we would like to ask the students or the parents[AG2] ’ representatives to purchase and wrap the gifts on their class’s list. Please contact Ms. Vorwerk ( if you have questions or need assistance. The presents will be collected in Ms. Fabina’s office.

On Friday, December 18, 2015 the SMV will have the opportunity to get to know the YMCA’s community center and its staff and to deliver the presents directly to the families while their children are in school. All Student Council (SMV) members are invited to come along. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. We will return to the German School around noon, just in time for our Christmas celebration.


Myia Mansky                                                 
President of the Student Council                                        

Natalia Pichardo
Vice President of the Student Council


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