Last year, Jody McIntosh came up with the idea of collecting new or “gently used” items, so Forest Grove Elementary School students could select gifts for family members.
On Dec. 12, thanks to the contributions made by parents and community members, the first “Christmas shopping” event was held.
Tables were set up containing offerings for women, men, girls and boys that all of the students could choose from, and – with the help of teachers and volunteers – wrap and take home to put under the Christmas tree.
Everybody agreed that it was a successful occasion, which will, hopefully, become an annual event.
A larger student enrolment enabled the school to open an additional classroom in the west wing after the fall break.
The students are now divided into kindergarten with Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3, 4 and 5 and Grades 6 and 7, which also includes some Grade 5 students.
On Dec. 17, the annual Christmas Concert took place, and it was filled with storytelling, music, songs and fun – in form of not just one but two plays. It’s no wonder, Santa Claus wants to relocate to Forest Grove.
It is a delight to see our Forest Grove fire chief back on his feet after his dreadful accident in October, which saw him airlifted to hospital because of his back injuries.
At the Firefighter Dinner on Dec. 13, he attended steadfast throughout the evening, enjoying a delicious ham and turkey “feast” with all the trimmings – catered for by the Burger Sisters, Brenda Staffen and Rosann Blackburn.
Thank you for all of the encouraging and positive comments I have received throughout my first year as correspondent for the Forest Grove area.
I look forward to continue writing about the “goings on” in and around this community, and wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year.