To The Daily Sun,
It is clear that community members in Gilford care about children. Our schools, Gilford Got Lunch!, community recreational leagues, programs offered at the Library and Gunstock, and the Community Center are all a testament to how Gilford puts kids and families first.
Angel Tree is another example of how Gilford supports its children. For about two decades, Angel Tree is a holiday program where many people and organizations support children of families in need in the Gilford School District. The District, community members and local organizations solicit gifts for children in need, and if they have them, their younger siblings. Children request two types of gifts: Items that they need (such as winter clothes), and items that they want for fun. People can go into each of the three schools in Gilford to choose a child to purchase gifts for.
These people buy the items but do not know the name of the child. After the items are purchased, they are brought the SAU, bagged, and given to the children. Some people donated cash to purchase last-minute items, wrapping paper, and gift bags. Several school staff and community members, the Gilford Fire and Police departments, individual students, student organizations, and local businesses purchased gifts and donated money for this important cause. Early Act, a student organization at the elementary school, ask for and receive donations and prepare stockings for each child. A total of 20 families with 48 children were supported by Angel Tree.
At Christmastime, it is great to be a part of a community that cares and does so much for its children and families.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The Gilford School District Team
Director of Curriculum
Gilford School District
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