Students collaborate to give back to their community

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Students in second and eighth grade participated in the project learning valuable lessons while giving back to others. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL HAJISAFARI

LAVALLETTE — Students at Lavallette Elementary School partnered to learn about the importance and joy of giving back to their community. 

Teachers Michael Hajisafari and Jane Stoll partnered up the second- and eighth-graders to participate in a hands-on Thanksgiving donation project. The students spent three days starting Thursday, Nov. 21, constructing bicycles to donate to a local church. 

Working together, the students built four bicycles and enjoyed the seasonal gift of giving.  

“The students learned about the meaning of Thanksgiving and how important it is to give back to the community,” said Mr. Hajisafari. “They were engaged and this team-building activity was not only fun, but also promoted reading and following directions, following sequential order, working together in a group, and using coordination to manipulate various tools.”

The students donated the bicycles at The Union Church of Lavallette. The new rides will be given out during the holiday season along with educational books for local youngsters. 

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