Frederick students experience joy of giving during holidays

Posted: December 13, 2012

The Winchester Star

About 60 students met Wednesday at Adm. Richard E. Byrd Middle School to make 100 centerpiece arrangements to be given to those in need. Here, student Josh Clements cuts a piece of evergreen while making a centerpiece. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Byrd Middle School student Marygrace LeGrys places a finished evergreen centerpiece with others on Wednesday afternoon at the school.
Adm. Richard E. Byrd Middle School students make evergreen wreaths and centerpieces Wednesday at the school. The centerpieces consist of greenery, bows, pine cones and bells. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Students Anna Demarest (left) and Karleigh Piotter work on evergreen centerpieces at the school.

WINCHESTER — On Wednesday, Frederick County middle and high school students festively clipped pine, spruce and holly to give a little greenery to those less fortunate during the holidays.

About 60 students involved in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America — an organization for students in family and consumer sciences courses — met at Adm. Richard E. Byrd Middle School to make 100 centerpiece arrangements for clients of the Congregational-Community Action Project, which provides food and clothing for those in need.

“It’s really fun,” said Anna Demarest, an eighth-grader. “It helps out a lot of people who don’t have Christmas decorations or a tree.”

The centerpieces consist of greenery, bows, pine cones and bells.

Last year, Ann Dwyer, a family and consumer science teacher at the middle school, donated the students’ centerpiece arrangements to area nursing homes. When she brought extras to C-CAP, a line of clients formed at her car.

“It was a huge hit and a reward for me because I got to experience it, but the kids didn’t,” she said. “This teaches the kids teamwork and the importance of volunteering and helping out in the community.”

On Monday, the students will deliver the centerpieces to C-CAP headquarters on Kent Street.

“It’s good because we’ll get to see all the people and how happy they get,” said Delaney Caswell, an eighth-grader.

Eighth-grader Josh Clements could not imagine the holiday without a tree, lights or tinsel.

“Christmas decorations are the spirit of Christmas,” he said. “And they look pretty.”

Horton’s Nursery in Stephens City and Clouse’s Pine Hill Farm in Winchester donated the greenery.

— Contact Rebecca Layne atrlayne@winchesterstar.com